Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bambusa arundinacea




Botanical name : Bambusa arundinacea (Retz) Willd.
Family : Bambusaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vamsa, Venu, Rujasaha, Vamsalekhana

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Bamboo
Hindi : Banz
Malayalam : Mula, Illi

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild, also cultivated

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large grass grows up to 40 meters in height. Leaves alternate, long, base chordate, lanceolate, acute, and very rough; plant flowers once in its lifetime. Flowers are seen in large branched panicles, bisexual, small yellowish; fruits are oblong grains, grooved at one side. Stems are numerous, nodes prominent, internodes up to 50 cm long, greenish or yellowish. Very rarely some edible substance called Bamboo manna can be seen inside the hollow stems.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, indigestion, diarrhea, amenorrhea, Ulcer, muscle spasm and general weakness
Useful part : Young leaf, Grains, Bamboo manna.

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