Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Helicterus isora

Botanical name : Helicterus isora Linn.
Family : Sterculiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Avartani, Murva, Mrigasringi, Marodhaphali

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Amla, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : East Indian screw tree
Hindi : Marorphali
Malayalam : Idampiri valampiri

Distribution – In the deciduous forests of Western Ghats.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large shrub or small tree grows up to 5 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, obovate, cordate, serrate, rough above and pubescent beneath; flowers red to grey colored, found in axillary clusters of 2-6 together; fruits are cork screw type greenish brown colored, seeds numerous.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, diarrhea, colic, flatulence, wounds, ulcers, hemorrhoids and diabetes.
Useful part : Fruits, Root, Bark

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