Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Emilia sonchifolia

Botanical name : Emilia sonchifolia (Linn.) DC
Family : Asteraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Sasasruti, Akhukarni, Dravanti, Sambari

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Grahi
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Kirankari, Hirankhuri
Malayalam : Muyalchevi

Distribution – Throughout India in waste lands

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A soft annual herb grows up to 40 cm in height. Leaves simple, lyrate –pinnate with large terminal lobe; flowers purplish in corymbose heads, fruits oblong containing many seeds; seeds long, compressed, having terminal tuft of soft hairs for wind dispersal.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, conjunctivitis, worm infestations, tonsillitis, bleeding piles, cuts, ulcers intermittent fever and allergy.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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