Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Carica papaya

Botanical name : Carica papaya Linn.
Family : Caricaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Erandakarkati, Brehmeranda

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu (Madhura)
Guna : Guru
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Papaya
Hindi : Pappaya, Pappita
Malayalam : Pappaya, Karumoos, Kappalam, Pappali, Karmati

Distribution – Cultivated throughout India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A tall slender soft wooded tree grows up to 10 meters in height. Leaves focused at the top, deeply lobed, palmate, with long petiole; flowers unisexual, males in drooping panicle and female in short clusters, fruits large, greenish, single chambered, cyllindrical or spherical in size. Seeds dark brown.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, indigestion, colic, flatulence, intestinal worms, hemorrhoids, inflammations, skin diseases, urinary retention, constipation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea and general debility.
Useful part : Fruit, Latex.

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