Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cleome viscosa

Botanical name : Cleome viscosa Linn.
Family : Capparaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Pasugandha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Wild mustard, Cleome, Sticky cleome
Hindi : Hulhul, Hurhur
Malayalam : Aatunarivela, Vela, Naivela, Aryavela

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes as a weed

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An annual herbaceous plant with sticky pods. Leaves compound, 3-5 foliate, palmate, flowers yellow in lax racemes from the leaf axils. Fruits capsules, hairy and covered with sticky material. Seeds kidney shaped and turns dark on ripe.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, intestinal worms, colic, stomach upset, cardio myopathy, diarrhea, fever and dyspepsia.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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