Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Azima tetracantha

 

Botanical name : Azima tetracantha Lam.
Family : Salvadoraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kunthali, Kundali, Kandaki

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka: Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Kanda-gur-kamay
Malayalam : Yasank, Esanku

Distribution – Throughout the sea shore areas of Kerala, Karnataka in India and in Sri Lanka

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small woody shrub grows up to 2 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, elliptic, acute, sessile and shiny, leaves are surrounded by 4 sharp thorns. Flowers seen in axillary panicles, small and white. Fruits are single seeded berries.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, bronchitis, cough, asthma, and is a good expectorant. It is also used in diabetes, diarrhea and arthritis.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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