Botanical name : Apama siliquosa, Thottea siliquosa
Family : Aristolochiaceae
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Malayalam : Alpam
The plant is found mostly in hilly part of Western Ghats. An erect perennial shrub grows up to 3 meters in height. Leaves alternate oavte-lanceolate, about 15 cm long. Upper surface rough. Flowers are small whitish, found in axilla of leaf. Fruits are pods, with 3-4 seeds within.
Plant pacifies vitiated tridoshas and a good remedy for stomach ache and poison bites. The unripe fruit when chewed cures acute stomach pain.
Useful part : Seeds, leaves