Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ipomoea pes-caprae

Botanical name : Ipomoea pes-caprae (Linn) R.Br.
Family : Convolvulaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Maryadavalli, Sagaramekhala

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Goat’s foot creeper
Hindi : Dopatilata
Malayalam : Adambuvalli, Adamb
Distribution – Throughout India along sandy sea shores.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A trailing perennial herb grows extensively in sandy shores. Leaves lobed, alternate, glabrous with parallel venation. Flowers large, purple, solitary; fruits ovoid capsule, seeds 4 per capsule dark brown.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, skin disease, boils, wound ulcers, hemorrhoids and burning sensation.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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