Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Centella asiatica




Botanical name : Centella asiatica Linn.
Family : Apiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Mandookaparni, Manduki.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu, Sara
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian pennywort
Hindi : Brahmamandooki, Bemgsag
Malayalam : Muthil, Kudangal

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A creeping perennial with rooted nodes; leaves simple, having long petioles, reniform or cordate in shape; flowers pink, small and sessile; fruits laterally compressed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, insomnia, epilepsy, asthma, bronchitis, abdominal disorders, mental retardation, insanity and fever.
Useful part : The whole plant

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