Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cyperus esculentus

Botanical name : Cyperus esculentus Linn.
Family : Cyperaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Bhadramusta, Nagaramustaka

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Chufa, Tiger nut
Hindi : Chichoda
Malayalam : Kazhimuthanga, Kuzhimuthanga

Distribution – Throughout India in hilly areas.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect perennial grass grows up to 60 cm of height. Leaves crowded in the base, about 40-60 cm long, linear, acuminate, flat, one nerved; spikelets in compound umbels. Flowers boat shaped; Nut grayish black colored, triangular.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, diarrhea, indigestion, anorexia, intermittent fever, burning sensation, headache, general debility and urinary retention.
Useful part : Root tuber.

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