Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Clitoria ternatea

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

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Sankapushpam, Aparajita, Girikarnika.

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

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

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A good looking perennial herb twinner. Leaves compound, imparipinnate, leaflets 5 – 7, sub coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, flowers white, 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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