Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Indigofera tinctoria

Botanical name : Indigofera tinctoria Linn.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Neelini

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian indigo
Hindi : Nil
Malayalam : Nilamari Amri.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
Densely branching shrub grows up to 2 meters in height. Leaves are compound with 6-14 leaflets. Leaves are green with bluish tint. Tender branches are also bluish green colored. Flowers many, small and nearly sessile in spicate receme inflorescence. Fruits are cylindric pods, 2-3 cm long, greenish grey when young and dark brown on ripening. Seeds are 10-15 per pods.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, hair fall, splenomegaly, epilepsy, nervine disorders, headache, cardiac ailments and in stray dog intoxication.
Useful part : whole plant.

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