Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Andrographis paniculata

Botanical name : Andrographis paniculata (Burm.f.) Wall. ex Nees
Family : Acanthaseae


SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kiratatikta, Kandatikta, Bhoonimba, Tiktaka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha,
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Chiretta plant
Hindi : Kiryat
Malayalam : Kiriyath

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An annual herb grows up to 50 cm in height, having slender quadrangular branches, leaves opposite, lanceolate, sub sessile, flowers small bluish white, numerous, whitish, fruits minute pointed capsules, seeds are many.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies tridoshas, skin diseases, burning sensation, cough and bronchitis. Plant stimulates liver and purifies vitiated blood.
Useful part : Whole plant

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