Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ipomoea batatas

Botanical name : Ipomoea batatas (Linn.) Lam.
Family : Convolvulaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Pindalu, Raktalu

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Sweet potato
Hindi : Meeta aalu, Sakkharkand
Malayalam : Madhurakizhangu, Sarkarakizhangu

Distribution – Cultivated throughout India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A slender creeper with red tuberous roots. Leaves simple, alternate, entire and deeply lobed. Flowers purple, solitary, in cymose clusters. Fruits globose or ovoid capsules, seeds 2-4 flat and black colored.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, burning sensations, constipation, general weakness, renal calculi, and sexual stimulant.
Useful part : Root tubers.

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