Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Garcinia gummi-gutta

Botanical name : Garcinia gummi-gutta (Linn.) Robs.
Family : Clusiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vrikshamla

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian garcinia
Hindi : Bilatti amli
Malayalam : Kudampuli, Kudappuli, Marappuli

Distribution – Found throughout Western Ghats; growing wild as well as cultivated.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate to large sized evergreen tree grows up to 40 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate, acute and shining; flowers unisexual, found in separate tree, fruits ovoid with 6-8 groves, containing 6-8 seeds, covered with pulp.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, obesity, hypercholestremia, diarrhea, colic, ulcers, inflammations and hyperperspiration.
Useful part : Leaves, Dried fruits.

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