Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cyperus rotundus

Botanical name : Cyperus rotundus Linn.
Family : Cyperaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Musta, Varida, Mustaka, Khana, Kuruvinda

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Nut grass, Coco grass
Hindi : Nagarmotha, Motha
Malayalam : Muthanga, Cherumutanga

Distribution – Throughout India as a weed in wet lands.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial grass grows up to 30 cm of height. Leaves crowded in the base, about 10-20 cm long, linear, acuminate, flat, one nerved; spikelets in compound umbels. Nut grayish black colored.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, diarrhea, indigestion, anorexia, fever, and urinary retention. Increases and purifies breast milk.
Useful part : Root tuber.

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