Thursday, September 10, 2009
Botanical name : Bridelia retusa Spreng. (B.squamosa (Lamk) Grah)
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Bahukandaki, Asana, Kandakasana
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Hindi : Kaja, Kassi
Malayalam : Mulluvenga, Kaini, Mullankaini, Mukkaini
Distribution – Throughout south India, growing in wild deciduous forests.
A moderate sized armed tree grows up to 20 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate, acute or acuminate, pubescent, with prominent veins. Stem armed with sharp woody, sometimes branched thorns. Flowers in axillary spikes, small and unisexual. Fruits drupes, 5 mm in diameter, contain single seed.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids, hemorrhage, menorrhagia, leucorrhea, arthritis, diabetes, wounds, ulcers and poison. Plant has contraceptive action.
Useful part : Bark, Leaves.