Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Malaxis acuminata

Botanical name : Malaxis acuminata D.Don.
Family : Orchidaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Jeevakam, Jeevaka

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Jeevak
Hindi : Jivak
Malayalam : Jeevakam

Distribution – Throughout India, growing naturally in evergreen forests.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small terrestrial orchid grows up to 30 cm in height. Leaves simple, 3-4, alternate, ovate or lanceolate, acute; flowers are small, yellowish green, tinged with purple, in terminal racemes. Fruits 6 chambered, contain minute powdery seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, vata, oligospermia, burning sensation, emaciation, general debility, arthritis and blood vomiting.
Useful part : Stem base.

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