Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Coccinia grandis

Botanical name : Coccinia grandis (Linn.) Voigt
Family : Cucurbitaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Bimbi, Bimbika

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Madhura, Tikta
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Ivy gourd
Hindi : Bimb, Kanturi
Malayalam : Kova, Koval

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as well as growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial tendril climber leaves deltoid or sub rotund, palmately lobed; flowers white and unisexual; fruits ovoid or oblong berries, bright scarlet red when ripe. Seeds ovoid, compressed and grey colored.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, constipation, burning sensation, leucorrhea, skin disease, fever, asthma, cough and jaundice.
Useful part : Root, Fruit, Leaves.

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