Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hydnocarups laurifolia

Botanical name : Hydnocarups laurifolia (Dennst.) Sleumer.
Family : Flacourtiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Tuvaraka, Kushtavairi

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Teekshna, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Chalmugra, Jangli badam
Hindi : Chalmogara
Malayalam : Marotti, Neeratti, Neervatti, Neeralam

Distribution – In the dense forests of Western Ghats.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate sized tree grows up to 30 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate, oblong-lanceolate, serrate; flowers, unisexual, greenish white, small, solitary or in small racemes. Fruits globose, tomentose berries, with 15-20 angular seed within.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, skin diseases especially psoriasis, pruritus, leukoderma, sprain, chronic ulcers, colic, flatulence, diabetes and bronchitis.
Useful part : Seeds, Oil

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