Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Canthium parviflorum

Botanical name : Canthium parviflorum Lam.
Family : Rubiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Gangeruki, Chayatinisha

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Carray cheddile
Hindi : Kirma, Kadbar
Malayalam : Cherukara, Kandakara, Karamullu, Kara

Distribution – Throughout India, in dry deciduous forests

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small thorny shrub grows up to 3 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, small, acute, with axillary spines; flowers white, small in axillary cymes. Fruits oblong two chambered drupe, become yellow when ripe.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, diarrhea, fever, leucorrhea, worm infestation and general debility.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves.

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