Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Datura stramonium

Botanical name : Datura stramonium 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 : White Thorn apple
Hindi : Dattura
Malayalam : Ummam, Ummat, Vella ummam

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild wastelands

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect spreading annual or biennial plant grows up to 2 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, triangular and unequal at base. Flowers large, solitary and white. 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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