Botanical name : Maranta arundinaceae Linn.
Family : Marantaceae
Rasa : Madhura, Kashaya
Guna : Guru, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Arrowroot, West Indian arrowroot.
Hindi : Tikhor
Malayalam : Koova, Vellakoova
Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes; also cultivated.
An erect perennial herb grows up to 150 cm in height. Leaves simple, ovate-oblong, acute, and glazing. Flowers white in clusters in the inflorescence. Underground rhizomes are cylindrical covered with pale scales, leaving scars on falling.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, dysentery, diarrhea, dyspepsia, bronchitis, cough and general weakness. Starch obtained from the rhizome is an ideal food for infants, also in convalescents.
Useful part : Underground rhizomes.