Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rauvolfia tetraphylla

Botanical name : Rauvolfia tetraphylla Linn.
Family : Apocynaceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vanasarpagandha, Sarpanasini
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya
Guna : Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English Wild snake root. Serpentine root.
Hindi : Chandrabhaga, Chota chand
Malayalam : Pampumkolli, Kattamalpori

Distribution – Throughout India, growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION

A small erect shrub grows up to 60 cm in height. Leaves simple, in a whorl of 4, thin, obtuse or acute, oblong-lanceolate; flowers white, small found in terminal cymes, fruits green drupes, become dark purple when ripe

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, epilepsy, insomnia, wounds, fever, colic and urinary retention, in controlled dose. Overdose cause giddiness and is toxic.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves

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