Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Argemone mexicana




Botanical name : Argemone mexicana Linn.
Family : Papaveraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Haimavathi, Brahmadanthi, Patuparnee, Peethadugdha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Mexican poppy, Prickly poppy
Hindi : Pharangi dattura, Bhatbhamt
Malayalam : Erumakkalli, Kantankathiri, Ponnummath

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A strong branched prickly annual, 60-90 cm in height with yellow latex; leaves simple, sessile and spiny. Flowers large, bright yellow, terminal on the short leafy branches; fruits prickly capsules, oblong-ovoid, opening by 4-6 valves; seeds numerous.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, guinea-worm infestation, skin diseases, itching, inflammations, all types of poisoning, constipation, flatulence, colic, malarial fever and vesicular calculus, In higher dose, plant is toxic
Useful part : Whole plant

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