Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bauhinia variegata




Botanical name : Bauhinia variegata Linn. (Bauhinia purpuria Linn.)
Family : Caesalpiniaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Raktakanchanara, Kovidara

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Red bauhinia
Hindi : Kanchanar
Malayalam : Mandaram, Chuvanna mandram, Kongu, Malayakatti, Kongumandaram

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild, and as a garden plant.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large moderate sized deciduous tree grows up to 10 meters in height. Leaves compound with 2 leaflets, connate for about two third up, flowers white, axillary recemes, fruits flat dehiscent pods, containing 5-10 seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, diarrhea, skin diseases, rectal prolapse, diabetes, inflammations, worms, tumors, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia hemoptysis and cervical lymphadinopathy.
Useful part : Bark, Flowers, Root.

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