Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Elephantopus scaber

Botanical name : Elephantopus scaber Linn.
Family : Asteraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Gojihva, Gobhi, Kharaparnini

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Prickly leaved elephant’s foot
Hindi : Gobhi
Malayalam : Anachuvadi, Anayadiyan

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial rigid herb found in dry localities. Leaves obovate, mostly spreading rosette on the ground and hairy on both surfaces, usually 10-20 cm long. Flowers purple on head inflorescence, fruits achenes of 4-6 bristles dilated at the base.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, toxins, cough, and cardiac ailments.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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