Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Garcinia indica

Botanical name : Garcinia indica (Linn.) Robs.
Family : Clusiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Raktavrikshamla

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla, Madhura
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta.

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Goan garcinia, Kokum
Hindi : Kokum
Malayalam : Pinampuli, Pinarpuli

Distribution – Found throughout Western Ghats; especially Konkan areas.

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 red, ovoid, smooth, containing 6-8 seeds, covered with whitish sweet pulp.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, obesity, hypercholestremia, diarrhea, colic, ulcers, inflammations, over perspiration and hyper perspiration
Useful part : Leaves, Fruits.

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