Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cassia tora

Botanical name : Cassia tora Linn.
Family : Caesalpiniaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Chakramarda, Prapunnada, Prepanda, Meshalochana, Chakri

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Fetid cassia
Hindi : Chakavad, Papamd
Malayalam : Chakratakara, Takara, Cheru takara

Distribution – Throughout India found abundantly in wasteland, roadsides as a weed.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect annual herb, grows up to 90 cm in height. Leaves are compound, paripinnate with 3 pairs of leaflets, obovate-oblong; flowers yellow, in subsessile pairs, found in leaf axils; fruits long septate pods with 10-15 seeds per pods.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated tridosha, skin diseases, dandruff, constipation, cough, hepatitis, fever, and hemorrhoids.
Useful part : Leaves, seeds.

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