Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Averrhoa bilimbi



Botanical name : Averrhoa bilimbi Linn.
Family : Geraminaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Karmaraka, Karamaranga, Siralam, Krama, Amlee, Karukha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla, Madhura
Guna : Guru, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Bilimbi, Cucumber tree
Hindi : Belumbu
Malayalam : Ilimbi, Ilumbanpuli, Bilimbi, Chilimbi, Irumban puli, Chemmeen puli, Keerichakka

Distribution – Cultivated in various parts of India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small to medium sized evergreen tree grows up to 10 meters in height. Leaves compound, alternate, paripinnate, leaflets 8-20 pairs, lanceolate, acute, and pubescent. Flowers seen in drooping panicles arise from old nodes. Fruits pale green colored, oblong with 2-3 ridges, contain small whitish compressed seeds embedded in sour pulp.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, indigestion, anorexia, fever, scurvy, vomiting, hepato-splenomegali, hypercholestremia, poison, gingivitis, anemia, hemorrhoids, ringworm and internal hemorrhage.
Useful part : Fruits, Leaves.

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