Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nerium indicum

Botanical name : Nerium indicum Mill. (N. oleander Linn)
Family : Apocynaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Karaveera, Raktakaraveera, Asvaghna, Asvamaraka, Hayamaraka

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian oleander, Red oleander
Hindi : Kaner, Karber
Malayalam : Chuvanna arali, Kanaveeram, Karaveeram

Distribution – Throughout India, cultivated.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An evergreen shrub grows up to 4 meters in height. Leaves three in a whorl, sessile, linear, dark green above, acute, and lanceolate. Flowers red or rose colored and fragrant; fruits follicles.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, skin diseases, renal or vesical calculi, stomatitis, arthritis, pruritus, cough, bronchitis, cardio-myopathy and ulcers. Overdose will cause toxic symptoms.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves.

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