Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ixora macrothyrsa

Botanical name : Ixora macrothyrsa Linn.
Family : Rubiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Asokaparanti

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Garden Ixora
Hindi :
Malayalam : Asokatechi, Asokachetti

Distribution – Cultivated as a garden plant, in various parts of India.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial shrub grows up to 3 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, short petioled, and shiny. Flowers arises form terminal umbels, and bright red in color. Seeds small greenish berries, become purple when ripe.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, burning sensations, eczema, ringworm other skin diseases menorrhagia, leucorrhea and general weakness. Flowers are used to impart color for herbal preparations.
Useful part : Fruits, seeds, petals, fruit extracts.

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