Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Foeniculum vulgare

Botanical name : Foeniculum vulgare Mill.
Family : Apiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Misreya, Madhurika, Misi, Saleya

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura, Katu, Tikta
Guna : Snigdha, Sara
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka: Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Fennel
Hindi : Saumph
Malayalam : Perumjeerakam, Perinjeerakam

Distribution
– Cultivated throughout India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A soft stemmed annual herb grows up to 1 meter in height. Leaves narrow linear segments, pinnate; flowers small yellow, in compound terminal umbel inflorescence. Fruits small, ellipsoid, pale green, and turns dark brown on ripe.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, flatulence, colic, indigestion, fever diarrhea, intestinal worms, skin diseases, cardiac diseases, inflammation and general debility.
Useful part : Fruits

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