Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Artemisia maritima



Botanical name :Artemisia maritima Linn.
Family : Asteraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Chauhara, Keetamari, Damanaka, Madanaka, Yavani

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Teekshna, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Worm seed, Worm wood, Fleabane
Hindi : Nagadona, Davana, Kiramani
Malayalam : Makkipoovu, Kolunnu, Masipatri

Distribution –Waynad, Idukky districts in Kerala, and in Himalayan peninsula, growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A tall aromatic perennial deciduous shrub grows up to 2 meters in height. Lower leaves 2-5 cm long, pale green with deep pinnatisect with small stipule like lobes. Flowers in subglobose heads, in panicled racemes. Fruits oblong-ellipsoid minute achenes.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, intestinal worms, cough, asthma, headache, skin diseases, pruritus, anorexia and colic.
Useful part : Leaves, Flowers

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