Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lablab purpureus

Botanical name : Lablab purpureus Linn.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Nispava

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Lablab bean, Indian butter bean
Hindi : Sem, Bhatvas
Malayalam : Amara, Avara

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as well as growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A long perennial twinner. Leaves compound, trifoliate, about 25 cm long, flowers papilonacious, seen in recemes, white or pink; fruits whitish green pods with 3-6 whitish or dark colored seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, inflammation, colic, and urinary retention. Immature pods are edible, used as vegetable. The seed powder stimulate breast milk production (galactagogue)
Useful part : Leaves, seeds.

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