Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Loranthus falcatus

Botanical name : Loranthus falcatus (Linn.f) Etting. (Dendrophthoe falcate Linn.f.)
Family : Loranthaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vrikshadani, Vrkshadani

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Mistletoe
Hindi : Banda
Malayalam : Ittil, Ittakkanni

Distribution – Throughout India, grows as a stem parasite.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A stem parasite plant grows depending on large trees. Leaves simple, opposite, succulent, acute, and oblong-lanceolate; flowers red or scarlet in short axillary racemes. Fruits ovoid berries, crowned by persistent calyx.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, urinary retention, kidney diseases, asthma, cough, menstrual disorders, edema, wounds, ulcers, kidney stones, and sleeplessness.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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