Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cinnamomum camphora

Botanical name : Cinnamomum camphora (Linn.) Presl
Family : Lauraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Karpoora

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Camphor
Hindi : Karpur
Malayalam : Choodakarpooram, Karpooram

Distribution – Cultivated in many parts in India

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate sized evergreen tree grows up to 25 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, long petioled, shiny, aromatic, acuminate, ovate or oblong; flowers yellowish white, found in axillary panicles; fruits dark green globose, turns dark brown on ripening. Camphor is obtained from the distillation of bark and leaves.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, inflammation, cough, asthma, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, dysentery.
Useful part : Camphor.

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