Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Datura metel

Botanical name : Datura metel Linn.
Family : Solanaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Dhattura, Dusthara, Unmatta, Durdhura

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Thorn apple
Hindi : Dattura
Malayalam : Ummam, Ummat,

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild wastelands

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect spreading annual or biennial plant grows up to 1.5 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, triangular and unequal at base. Flowers large, solitary, purplish white colored. Fruits globose capsules covered with numerous prickles, containing numerous yellowish brown seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, arthritis, cough, asthma, muscle spasm, fever, ulcer, skin diseases, lumbago, sciatica and dandruff.
Useful part : Whole plant

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