Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Catharanthus roseus




Botanical name : Catharanthus roseus (Linn.) G.Don
Family : Apocynaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Nityakalyani.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Periwinkle
Hindi : Sdabahar
Malayalam : Nithyakalyani, Shavakkottappacha, Ushamalari

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect annual herb grows up to a height of 1meter. Leaves deep green oblong or obovate, flowers in cymose, axillary clusters, deep rose or white in color, fruits cylindrical follicle.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, diabetes, hypertension, leukemia and malignancy, the root is stomachic and tonic.
Useful part : Whole plant

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