Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Coscinium fenestratum

Botanical name : Coscinium fenestratum (Gaertn.) Colebr.
Family : Menispermaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Darvi, Daruharidra, Peetadaru, Peetadru

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Tree turmeric
Hindi : Daruhaldi, Jharihaldi.
Malayalam : Maramanjal

Distribution – Growing in dense forests, of Western Ghats, in India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large woody climber grows with cylindrical and yellowish stem. Leaves simple, oblong, deltoid, alternate, minutely tomentose beneath, smooth above, with yellowish tint. Flowers yellow, unisexual in supra axillary inflorescence. Fruits globose drupes, smooth contains one globose seed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, skin diseases, diseases of the eye, inflammations, wounds, jaundice, diabetes, fever and general debility.
Useful part : Stem.

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