Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Desmostachya bipinnata

Botanical name : Desmostachya bipinnata (Linn.) Stapf.
Family : Poaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Darpha, Kusha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Sacrificial grass
Hindi : Dab, Davoli
Malayalam : Darbha, Darbhapullu

Distribution – Throughout India in wastelands.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial grass grows up to 50 cm in height. Leaves many, long, acute, linear, with hispid margins, panicle erect, clothed with sessile spikelets; grains small, ovoid, trigonos and laterally compressed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, diarrhea, dysentery, menorrhagia, jaundice, skin diseases, burning sensation and excessive perspiration.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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