Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chromolaena odorata

Botanical name : Chromolaena odorata King & Robinson.
Family : Asteraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Ropani, Seekhrasarpi

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta, Amla
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Eupatorium
Hindi :
Malayalam : Venappacha, Assam pacha, Communist pacha

Distribution – Throughout India, growing in wastelands as a weed

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An annual or biennial herb grows up to 3 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate, or rhomboid, serrate, or dentate, long petioled and bright green colored. Flowers white, seen in terminal or axillary panicled heads. Seeds small and is crowned with silky hairs for wind dispersion.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, burns, hemorrhages, hemorrhoids, indigestion, skin diseases, traumatic injury, edema, fracture and infection.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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