Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Aloe vera


Botanical name : Aloe vera (Linn.) Burm. (Aloe barbadensis Mill)
Family : Liliaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kumari, Grithakumari, Grihakanya

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Aloe, Indian aloe
Hindi : Gheekaumar, Ghikumari
Malayalam : Kattarvazha, Kattuvazha

Distribution – Cultivated in the dry areas of India

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial shrub with fleshy leaves and short stem. Leaves fleshy, sessile, with prickles on margins; flowers in long spikes, fruits capsules, often sterile. Reproduction by budding. Leave juice dried in air is called elio.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, amenorrhea, wounds, ulcers, burns, colic, hepatitis, skin diseases, constipation, tumor, malignancy, low back pain, edema, arthritis and general debility.
Useful part : Leaves juice.

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