Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hordeum vulgare

Botanical name : Hordeum vulgare Linn.
Family : Poaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Yava

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Madhura
Guna : Guru
Virya : Seeta.

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Barley
Hindi : Jav, Jau
Malayalam : Yavam, Barley, Soochigotambu

Distribution – Cultivated in North India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect annual herb grows up to 1 meter in height. Leaves linear, flaccid and few. Spike flattened, 30 cm long and terminal. Spikelets sessile, arranged in 3 on two sides of rachis. Fruit elliptic short pointed caryopsis.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, cough, asthma, urinary retention, urinary tract infection, gastric ulcers, burns, headache, anemia and general debility. It is a good diet in convalescent period.
Useful part : Grains

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