Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hibiscus abelmoschus

Botanical name : Hibiscus abelmoschus Linn. (Abelmoschus moschatus Medikus)
Family : Malvaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Latakasturi, Gandhapoora

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura, Katu.
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha,
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Musk mallow, Ambrette seed plant
Hindi : Latakasturi, Muskadana
Malayalam : Kasturivenda

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect hairy annual herb grows up to 2 meters in height. Leaves simple, palmate, with 3-7 lobes, lobes serrate, hairy on both surfaces; flowers large, yellow with purple center; fruits hairy capsular; seeds many, grayish brown and kidney shaped and scented.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, asthma, bronchitis, burning sensation, nausea, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, diarrhea, calculi, vomiting, and nervous system disorders.
Useful part : Seeds.

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