Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Capsicum frutescens

Botanical name : Capsicum frutescens Linn.
Family : Solanaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Katuveera, Teekshna, Ujjuala, Teevrasakti

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Teekshna,
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Bird’s eye chilly
Hindi : Jhal
Malayalam : Kantari, Cheenimulaku, Kantaricheeni

Distribution – Cultivated all around India; also growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect perennial herb grows up to 1 meter in height. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate-lanceolate and acute; flowers white, arises from leaf axils, fruits thin round and pointed at the edge greenish when unripe turns scarlet red when ripe; containing many flat compressed white seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, indigestion, anorexia, obesity, hypercholestremia, cough, bronchitis, thrombosis, fever, edema, arthritis, wound, ulcers and work as antibiotic.
Useful part : Fruits, Leaves, Roots.

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