Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Michelia champaca

Botanical name : Michelia champaca Linn.
Family : Magnolianaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Champaka, Atigandha, Sukumara, Kanchana, Hemapushpa.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Guru, Snigda
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Golden Champak, Champak
Hindi : Champa
Malayalam : Chempakam

PLANT DESCRIPTION
Moderate sized tree grows up to 30 meters. Leaves are simple, alternate, oblong, and lanceolate, length 15-20 cm. upper surface smooth, lower hairy. Flowers are yellowish with fragrance, solitary and axillary. Fruits are long ovoid or ellipsoid capsules. Seeds are small and red colored. Germinative capacity of seeds is poor.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated tridosha, Detoxify poison, worm infestation, increase digestive power, diuretic and cures fever. Flowers reduce burning sensation, cures skin disease and ulcer. Dictation of the bark acts as remedy for amenorrhea.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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