Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Maranta arundinaceae

Botanical name : Maranta arundinaceae Linn.
Family : Marantaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Tuvaksheeri, Tugaksheeri

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
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.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
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.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
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.

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