Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kaempheria rotunda

Botanical name : Kaempheria rotunda Linn.
Family : Zingiberaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Bhumichampaka, Bhuchampaka, Hallaka

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha,
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian crocus
Hindi : Bhuyichampa
Malayalam : Chengazhineerkizhangu

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An aromatic shrub, having tuberous rootstalk and short stem; leaves simple, few, erect, oblong, with purplish underneath surface; flowers white an fragrant with purple lip in crowded spikes. Many roots bearing small oblong tubers arise from the rhizome.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, inflammations, wounds, ulcers, blood clots and malignancy.
Useful part : Tubers

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