Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Averrhoa carambola



Botanical name : Averrhoa carambola Linn.
Family : Oxalidaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Karmaranga, Karuka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Carambola apple, Karazola, Coromandal gooseberry.
Hindi : Kamarang
Malayalam : Chaturappuli, Irumbanpuli, Karappola

Distribution – Cultivated in many parts of India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small evergreen plant grows up to 10 meters in height. Leaves compound, alternate, with leaflets 5-11, acute; flowers purple in short racemes, axillary, fruits 5 angles, yellowish fleshy berries, contain arillate seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, skin diseases, poison, pruritus, worm infestations, diarrhea, vomiting, hemorrhoids, intermittent fever, over perspiration and general debility.
Useful part : Leaves, Fruits.

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