Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Illicium verum

Botanical name : Illicium verum Hook.f.
Family : Magnoliaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Takkola, Kakkola, Kakkolaka, Takkolaka

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Star anise
Hindi : Anasfal, Badiyan khatala
Malayalam : Takkolapputtil, Takkolam

Distribution – In China

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An evergreen tree grows up to 15 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, oblong-lanceolate, acute or acuminate; flowers solitary variable in color, fruits star shaped, with 8 follicles, containing small shiny brown colored seed in each follicle.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, dyspepsia, flatulence, dysentery, cough, asthma, arthritis, hemiplegia, nervine weakness and facial paralysis.
Useful part : Fruits

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