Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Celastrus paniculatus

Botanical name : Celastrus paniculatus Willd.
Family : Celastraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Jyotishmati, Tejovati, Bahuphala, Peetataila

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Snigdha, Sara, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu
Prabhava : Medhya

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Black oil tree, Climbing staff plant
Hindi : Malkangani, Malkunki
Malayalam : Cherupunna, Kiliteenipanji, Valuzhavam

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in dry deciduous forests.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large climbing shrub with woody stem and elongate brances. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate – obovate, crenulate, coriaceous, flowers greenish white, in terminal panicles. Fruits capsules yellow colored, become bright red when ripe, contain 4 brown seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, mental retardation, skin diseases, itching, hemiplegia, arthritis, asthma, insomnia, amnesia, urinary retention and nephritis. Seeds widely used in intellect promoting ayurvedic combinations.
Useful part : Root, Leaves, Seeds

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