Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cassia auriculata

Botanical name : Cassia auriculata Linn.
Family : Caesalpiniaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Avartaki

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Tanner’s cassia
Hindi : Tarvar, Tarval
Malayalam : Aaveeram

Distribution – Mainly in central part of India, growing in dry stony hills.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large shrub grows up to 2 -3 meters in height. Leaves paripinnately compound, leaflets 10-12 pairs, ovate-lanceolate, large stipule at the base of each compound leaf. Flowers yellowish, in axillary and terminal corymbs. Fruits pods, brown when ripe contain 10-15 dark brown seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, skin diseases, ulcers, diabetes, diarrhea, worm infestation, conjunctivitis, and nocturnal emission.
Useful part : Root, Bark, Leaves, Flowers, Seeds.

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