Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Gymnema sylvestre

Botanical name : Gymnema sylvestre (Retz.) R.Br.
Family : Asclepiadaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Ajasringi, Meshasringi, Madhunasini.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha,
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Periploca of the woods
Hindi : Gud-mar, Merasingi
Malayalam : Chakkarakkolli

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large, woody climber. Leaves simple, opposite, elliptic, pointed at the end; flowers small, yellow in umbellate cymes, axillary; fruits slender, brownish follicles.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, hepato-splenomegaly, renal and vesical calculi, constipation, asthma and leukoderma.
Useful part : Whole plant

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