Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Careya arborea

Botanical name : Careya arborea Roxb.
Family : Barringtoniaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kumbhi, Katabhi, Samudraphala

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Kumbi
Malayalam : Pezhu, Aalam, Aatupezhu

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium sized deciduous tree grows up to 20 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate-obovate, oblong and acute; flowers yellowish white, foul smelling, found in terminal spikes. Fruits globose, large, green colored berries containing embedded seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, tumor, cough, bronchitis, worms, diarrhea, leukoderma, epilepsy and ulcers.
Useful part : Bark, Leaves, Flowers, Fruits.

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