Botanical name : Crotalaria retusa Linn.
Family : Fabaceae
Sanapushpi, Sanaghantika, Kinihi
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Crotalaria
Hindi : Khunkhuniyan
Malayalam : Kilukiluppa, Tantalakkotti, Cana
An erect undershrub grows up to 125 cm in height, with numerous branches. Leaves are oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, usually glabrous above and silky pubescent beneath. Flowers yellow, numerous, found in erect terminal recemes. Fruits are stalked pods, with 10-15 seeds per pods.
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, cough, dyspepsia, fever, cardiac disorders, stomatitis, diarrhea, scabies and impetigo. Seeds powdered and with milk is useful for increasing body strength, also useful in skin disease.
Useful part : Whole plant.