Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Impatiens balsamina

Botanical name : Impatiens balsamina Linn.
Family : Balsaminaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vatikadrona

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Garden balsam
Hindi : Gulmendi
Malayalam : Balsam

Distribution – Cultivated in gardens, throughout India

PLANT DESCRIPTION
Small succulent annual herb grows up to 30 cm in height. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate-lanceolate, serrate; Flowers showy, varying colored, axillary, solitary or in pairs. Fruits pale green dehiscent capsules, containing small globose reddish seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, burns and scalds, ulcers, constipation, arthritis, urinary retention and excessive exfoliation of skin.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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