Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Holarrhena antidysenterica

Botanical name : Holarrhena antidysenterica (Roxb. ex Fleming) Wall.
Holarrhena pubescens (Buch. Ham.) Wallrch ex. Don
Family : Apocynaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kutaja, Kalinga, Indrayava

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Kurchi
Hindi : Kurchi, Kuda
Malayalam : Kutakappala

Distribution – Throughout India found in deciduous forests

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large shrub or small tree grows up to 5 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate, acute-acuminate, membranous; flowers white in axillary or terminal corymbose cymes; fruits long are pair of long follicles seeds long, brown, with silky hairs, aided in dispersion.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, amoebiasis, hepatitis and skin diseases.
Useful part : Bark, Seed, Leaves.

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