Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Artocarpus hirsutus



Botanical name : Artocarpus hirsutus Lam.
Family : Moraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Lakucha, Likucha, Dahu, Adahu, Iravatam

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla, Madhura
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Usna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Wild jack
Hindi : Vadahar
Malayalam : Ayani, Aanjili

Distribution – In evergreen forests of Western Ghats, also cultivated for timber.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An evergreen, tall tree grows up to 75 meters in height. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, stipulate and hairy; bark grayish brown; flowers are unisexual, male female flowers are seen in single tree; fruits globose, about 10 cm radius, covered with spines all around; seeds woody, small and are embedded in the yellow edible pulp.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata and pitta, anorexia, burning sensation and sexual weakness. Unripe fruit cause vitiation of tridosha and rakta, and cause indigestion and impotency. Ripe fruits are cooling, and aphrodisiac. Bark cures diarrhea, pimples and ulcers.
Useful part : Fruit, Leaves, Bark.

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