Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Clitoria ternatea (Blue variety)

Botanical name : Clitoria ternatea Linn (Blue variety)
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Sankapushpam, Aparajita, Girikarnika.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Prabhava: Medhya

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Blue Clitoria flower
Hindi : Aparajit
Malayalam : Neela Samkupushpam, Aral, Malayamukki.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A good looking perennial herb twinner. Leaves compound, imparipinnate, leaflets 5 – 7, sub coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, flowers blue, solitary, axillary or in facicles, fruits nearly straight flattened pods. Seeds 6-10 smooth yellowish brown.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, migraine, skin diseases, bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, ascites, ulcers and fever, jaundice and skin diseases. Seeds are used in abdominal cramps. Promote intellect.
Useful part : Root, leaves, seeds

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