Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Desmodium gangeticum

Botanical name : Desmodium gangeticum DC.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Salaparni, Guha, Sthira

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura, Tikta
Guna : Guru, Snigda
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Sarivan
Malayalam : Orila

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect, branched shrub grows up to 1 meter in height. Stem is woody with numerous prostrate branches and covered with soft hairs. Leaves are single, ovate-lanceolate, and covered with numerous gray hairs. Flowers white, purple or lilac found in elongated terminal or axillary recemes. Fruits are moniliform 6-8 joined pods. Joints separate when ripe into one seeded segments. Seeds are compressed reniform.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated tridoshas, edema and cardiomyopathy. Plant has detoxifying property. .
Useful part : Roots or plant as a whole.

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