Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hyoscyamus niger

Botanical name : Hyoscyamus niger Linn.
Family : Solanaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Parasikayavani

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna
Virya : Madakari

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Henbane, Black henbane.
Hindi : Khurasani ajavayan
Malayalam : Kurassani.

Distribution – Cultivated in Kashmir.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect annual or biennial herb grows up to 1.5 meters in height. Leaves alternate, simple and lobed; flowers yellowish green solitary in the axils of leaf like bracts. Fruits capsules, enclosed in enlarged calyx. Seeds numerous, minute and kidney shaped.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, inflammation, cardiac debility, epilepsy, asthma, cough, fever, insomnia and arthritis.
Useful part : Leaves, Seeds.

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