Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monochoria vaginalis

Botanical name : Monochoria vaginalis Presl.
Family : Pontederiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Indeevara, Neelolpala

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Neelolpal
Malayalam : Karinkoovalam, Neelolpalam

Distribution – Throughout India growing in marshy areas.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial aquatic herb grown abundantly in marshy areas. Leaves simple, long petioled, succulent, linear-ovate, reniform; flowers blue showy, found in subspicate racemes. Fruits are capsule, containing small numerous seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, burns, and scalds, burning sensations, general debility, fever, hemorrhage, cough and scurvy.
Useful part : Roots, leaves.

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