Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Calotropis gigantea (White variety)


Botanical name : Calotropis gigantea (Linn.) R.Br. (White variety)
Family : Asclepiadeceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Svetarka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha, Teekshna, Sara
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : White Madar
Hindi : Gauri akavana, Aka, Mandara
Malayalam : Vella Erukku

PLANT DESCRIPTION
Perennial shrub, growing up to 2.5 meters with branches and sub branches. Plant is slow growing compared to the blue variety. Leaves are simple, opposite and sub-sessile, ovate, and cordate at base. Plant contains latex almost in all parts. Flowers beautiful, white in color, in umbellate lateral cymes. Fruits are fleshy follicles, green; seeds attached with abundant white coma.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES :
Plant pacifies vitiated tridoshas, skin diseases, joint inflammations, snake poison, asthma and chest infections and rabies. The white variety madar is especially used for all types of poisoning. It is a strong purgative drug.
USEFUL PART : Root, Latex, Flower and Leaves

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