Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nymphaea nouchali

Botanical name : Nymphaea nouchali Burn.f.
Family : Nymphaeceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kumudam, Ulpalam

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian water lily
Hindi : Kanval, Kokka
Malayalam : Aampal

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large perennial aquatic herb with short round rhizomes. Leaves floating, peltate, flowers are large, beautiful and varies in color from pure white to deep red. Fruits spongy, many seeded berries, seeds are grayish black when dry.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, diarrhea, dysentery, cardiac debility, skin diseases, and general debility.
Useful part : Rhizomes, Flowers, Seeds.

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