Thursday, September 10, 2009

Boerhaavia diffusa




Botanical name : Boerhaavia diffusa Linn
Family : Nyctaginaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Punarnava, Sophaghni

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Hogweed, Pigweed
Hindi : Gadahpurna, Sant
Malayalam : Tavilama, Tazhutama

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial diffuse herb with stout root stock and many branches. Leaves are simple opposite in unequal pairs. Leaves are ovate-oblong, acute or obtuse, rounded or subcordate at base, glabrous above, whitish beneath. Flowers pale rose in color, in irregular clusters of terminal panicles. Fruits highly viscid, easily detachable, one seeded, indehiscent with thin pericarp

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, fever, constipation, leucorrhoea, lumbar pain, myalgia, skin diseases, cardiac disorders, urinary infection, vesical stone, anemia, dyspepsia, constipation, and general debility.
Useful part : Whole plant

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