Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Leucas aspera

Botanical name : Leucas aspera (Willd) Link
Family : Lamiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Dronapushpi, Chitrapatrika, Phalepushpa, Karabhapriya, Drona

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Lavana
Guna : Guru, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka: Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Tumbe
Hindi : Chotta halkusha
Malayalam : Tumba, Thumba, Tumpa

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as a weed in wastelands.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small erect, much branched annual herb grows up to 60 cm in height. Leaves sub sessile, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, entire, or crenate; flower white, in dense axillary whorls. Fruits nut lets, brown and smooth.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, inflammation, skin diseases, worm infestation, arthritis, cough, amenorrhea, intermittent fever, Migraine and ulcer.
Useful part : Leaves, Flowers.

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