Thursday, September 10, 2009

Brassica oleracea




Botanical name : Brassica oleracea Linn. var. capitata Linn.
Family : Brassicaceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kembuka, Kemuka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Cabbage
Hindi : Bantgopi
Malayalam : Muttakoosu, Cabbage

Distribution – Cultivated in hilly areas in India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect biennial grows up to 50 cm in height. Leaves simple, basal and lower cauline, stout, dull green and upper leaves oblong-linear, fleshy, pale yellow. Flowers large, pale yellow in terminal racemes. Fruits linear pods, one seeded, seed brown and globose.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, itching, skin diseases, worm infestation, diarrhea, cough, asthma, fever, hemorrhoids, and gouty arthritis.
Useful part : Upper leaves.

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