Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Argyreia nervosa




Botanical name : Argyreia nervosa (Burm.f.) Boj.
Family : Convolvulaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vraddhadaruka, Vrddhadaruka, Bastantri, Vrshyagandha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Kashaya, Madhura
Guna : Picchila, Lakhu, Snigdha, Sara
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka: Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Elephant creeper
Hindi : Samudrasos
Malayalam : Marikunni, Marutudari, Samudrapacha

Distribution – Throughout India growing in dense forests.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A very large, woody climbing shrub with white stems; leaves simple, alternate, ovate, acute, cordate base, glabrous above and tomentose beneath. Flowers purple, in long peduncled cymes, fruits globose berries, contain 2-4 seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, nervine weakness, emaciation, weakness, wounds, cardiac debility, ageing, sexual weakness, insomnia, hemorrhoids, anemia, arthritis and general debility.
Useful part : Roots

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