Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hibiscus aculeatus

Botanical name : Hibiscus aculeatus Roxb.
Family : Malvaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Sathambasthi

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla, Madhura
Guna : Guru, Snigda
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Wild hibiscus
Hindi : Van gudahal
Malayalam : Panichakam, Pariccakam, Njaranmpuli

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A trailing prickly herb grows up to 2-3 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, 3-7 lobbed, clothed with appressed hairs, crenate-serrate. Flowers large, yellow with purple centre, fruits ovoid pointed capsules, enclosed in enlarged calyx, seeds triangular.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, inflammations, joint pain, nephropathy, burning sensation, and urinary retention.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves.

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