Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Canavalia gladiata

Botanical name : Canavalia gladiata (Jacq.) DC.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Assisimbi, Mahasimbi

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Broad bean, Sword bean
Hindi : Lalkududumpal
Malayalam : Valpayar, Valavara, Valamara

Distribution –Cultivated throughout India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A spreading stout pernennial twinner. Leaves compound, trifoliate, leaflets acute, apiculate, glabrous on both surfaces; flowers large, lilac, in lax axillary racemes; fruits large sword shaped pods, contain 5-8 big sized reddish brown seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, burning sensation, over perspiration, anorexia, wounds, ulcers and general debility.
Useful part : Fruits

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