Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ochlandra scriptoria

Botanical name : Ochlandra scriptoria Denst. (Bambusa scriptoria Denst.)
Family : Bambusaceae (Gramineae)

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Nadam, Natham

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Reed
Hindi :
Malayalam : Oda, Ota, Odakkuzhal chedi

Distribution – Throughout India growing wet forests and mainly on river shores.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large grass grows up to 5 meters in height. Leaves simple alternate, long lanceolate, acute and scrubby. Flowers terminal in small branches, in long spikes. Seeds long, pointed on both sides and many. Stem hollow, about 1 inch radius and prominent nodes. Internodal length 30-54 cm.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, diarrhea, cardiac ailments, leucorrhoea, skin disease and renal diseases.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves.

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