Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Coix lacryma-jobi

Botanical name : Coix lacryma-jobi Linn.
Family : Poaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Gavedhuka

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Job’s tears
Hindi : Gurlu, Samkru
Malayalam : Kattugotambu, Kakkappalunku.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect perennial grass, grows up to 1.5 m in height. Leaves are linear-lenceolate, narrowed up from a broad cordate base, stout midrib, flowers found in recemes dropping from long peduncle carrying both male and female flowers. Fruits are ellipsoid of globose, smooth hard tear shaped grains.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, menstrual disorders; seeds are good remedy for urinary retention, and as a general tonic.
Useful part : Root, Seeds.

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