Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hygrophilla auriculata

Botanical name : Hygrophilla auriculata (K.Schum.) Heine.
Family : Acanthaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kokilaksha, Ikshura

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura, Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Snigda
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Long leaved barleria
Hindi : Talmakhana, Kamtakalya
Malayalam : Vayalchulli, Chulli

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect semi woody, annual grows up to 1.5 meters in height. Stem quadrangular, leaves in a verticles of six at a node, two very large, bearing three straight sharp spines at each axils, flowers purple, in the axils of leaves. Fruits are linear oblong compressed capsules, seeds 4-8 per pod, smooth with mucilaginous coating.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, ascites, hyperdipsia, rheumatoid arthritis, vesical calculi, sexual weakness, impotency, jaundice, dropsy, cough and anemia.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves, Seeds.

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