Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Anacardium occidentale




Botanical name : Anacardium occidentale Linn.
Family : Anacardiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Venamra, Vrikkaphala, Vrikkabeeja

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Amla, Madhura
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta (Bark Ushna)

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Cashew nut tree.
Hindi : Kaju, Duk
Malayalam : Kashumav, Parankimav, Kappilav

Distribution – Throughout India, cultivated especially in Kerala.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate sized deciduous tree grows up to 25 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, obovate, obtuse and shiny. Flowers yellow male and female flowers together in terminal inflorescence. Fruits green and grey when ripe attached in fleshy yellow colored enlarged pedicel.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, skin diseases, dysentery, hemorrhoids, anorexia, hair fall, worm infestation and general weakness.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves. Bark, Fruits

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