Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Commiphora mukul

Botanical name : Commiphora mukul (Hook.ex.Stocks) Engl.
Family : Burseraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Guggulu, Mahishaksha, Palankasha, Devadhupa

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian bdellium tree
Hindi : Gugal, Guggul
Malayalam : Gulgulu

Distribution – In rocky areas of Mysore, Bellari and Baluchistan.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate sized thorny tree with ash colored rough bark. Leaves alternate, obovate, serrate in the upper part; flowers small, brownish red, fruits ovoid drupes, become red when ripe. Guggul is the resinous extract of the plant. It is epeque, brown in color.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, arthritis, sciatica, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, skin diseases, cough, asthma, epilepsy, fever, ulcer, diabetes and hypercholestremia.
Useful part : Resinous gum.

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