Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Aristolochia indica



Botanical name : Aristolochia indica Linn.
Family : Aristolochiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Garalika, Eesvari, Garudi

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian birthwort
Hindi : Isvarmul
Malayalam : Karalayam, Eesvaramooli, Eesvaramulla, Garudakkodi

Distribution – Throughout India, growing wild, in semi deciduous forests, on hedges bushes etc.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial climber shrub with woody base stocks. Leaves simple, alternate, entire, with undulate margins, acute; flowers greenish white, in axillary cymes; fruits rounded oblong, 6 chambered contain numerous winged compressed seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, poison, skin diseases, intestinal worms, colic, arthritis and ulcers.
Useful part : whole plant.

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