Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Melia orientalis

Botanical name : Melia orientalis Linn. (Cipadessa baccifera Miq.)
Family : Meliaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vanamalini, Kshudranimba

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Nal-bila, Rana-bili
Malayalam : Kaipanarachi, Kaippanarachi, Arachi

Distribution – Growing naturally in dense evergreen forests of India, especially in Western Ghats.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect, evergreen shrub grows up to 3 meters in height. Leaves pinnate, imparipinnate, with 7-11 leaflets. Leaflets oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, sub sessile or small petioled, acuminate, and shiny. Flowers found in long multi-branched axillary panicles, small and whitish. Fruits are small globose drupes, 5 chambered, containing 1-2 seeds per chamber.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha poison, snake poison, edema, traumatic swelling, skin diseases, diabetes, worms, oligospermia, and is a good medicine for bleeding disorders including hemophilia.
Useful part : Leaves, Roots

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