Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Coriandrum sativum

Botanical name : Coriandrum sativum Linn.
Family : Apiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Dhanyaka, Dhanaka, Chatra, Kustumburu, Vitunnaka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta, Madhura, Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Coriander
Hindi : Dhaniyam
Malayalam : Malli, Kottambala, Kottamalli, Kottambalaari

Distribution – Cultivated in dry areas of India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect annual herb, grows up to 90 cm in height. Leaves compound, lower one long petioled and upper sessile. Leaflets multi lobed. Flower small, white, in terminal umbels. Fruits yellowish brown, globular, containing two seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, burning sensation, cough, bronchitis, anorexia, colic, flatulence, diarrhea, dysentery, conjunctivitis, headache, bleeding through nose, edema, worm infestation, hemorrhoids and arthritis.
Useful part : Leaves, Fruits

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