Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Canscora decussata

Botanical name : Canscora decussata (Roxb.) Schult.
Family : Gentianaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Sankhini, Sanhkapushpi

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Canscora
Hindi : Sankhaphuli
Malayalam : Sankhapushpi, Kanjankora

Distribution – Throughout India growing in moist wastelands.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small erect annual herb grows up to 50 cm in height. Leaves simple ovate-lanceolate, acute; flowers white in terminal cymes, fruits membranous capsules, containing powder like seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, insanity, epilepsy, nervine debility, pain, skin diseases, ulcer, worms, abdominal disorders and general debility.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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