Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lepidium sativum

Botanical name : Lepidium sativum Linn.
Family : Cruciferae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Chandrasoora, Chandrika, Vasapushpa, Pasumehanakarika

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Garden cress, Common cress
Hindi : Chanasura, Halima
Malayalam : Aasali

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as well as growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect, annual herb grows up to 50 cm height. Leaves variously lobed, entire, leaves in lower part are petiolate, and upper sessile; flowers white small and found in recemes. Fruits obovate pods, about 5 mm long, with two seeds per pods

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, urinary retention, colic, indigestion, painful diarrhea, pain, and arthritis and work as a stimulant. It induces production of breast milk.
Useful part : Root, Leave, Seeds.

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