Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Clerodendrum serratum





Botanical name : Clerodendrum serratum (Linn.) Moon
Family : Verbenaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Brahmanayashtika, Kharashakha, Padma, Kasajith, Barbura

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasam : Tikta, Katu
Gunam : Lakhu, Rooksha
Viryam : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Bharangi
Malayalam : Cheruthekku

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A slightly woody shrub with bluntly quadrangular stems and branches, leaves usually three at a node, sometimes opposite oblong or elliptic, serrate; flowers blue, many in long cylindrical thyrsus; fruits 4 lobed purple durpe, somewhat succulent with one pyrene in each lobe.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, inflammations, anorexia, dyspepsia, flatulence, helminthiasis, cough, asthma, bronchitis, hiccough, chronic skin diseses, leucoderma, leprosy and fevers. The leaves can be used or external application in headache.
Useful part : Root and Leaves.

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