Thursday, September 10, 2009

Boerhaavia procumbense

Botanical name : Boerhaavia procumbense (B. verticillata)
Family : Nyctaginaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Svetapunarnava, Sophaghni

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : White hogweed, White pigweed
Hindi : Gadahpurna, Sant
Malayalam : Velutta tavilama, Vella 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, pale green colored. Flowers whitish, to pale rose in color, in irregular clusters of terminal panicles. Fruits 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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