Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Oxalis violacea

Botanical name : Oxalis violacea Linn.
Family : Oxalidaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Raktachangeri, Amlapatri

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Amla, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Snigda
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian red sorrel, Wood sorrel.
Hindi : Tinapatiya, Amrulsak
Malayalam : Chuvanna puliyaral, Chuvanna puliyarila

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An annual herb found in moist locations. Plant is a semi erect creeping acid herb, grows up to 20 cm in height. Leaves palmately compound, trifoliate, long stalked, with the shape of a shamrock. Flowers bright violet red and axillary. Fruits are cylindrical capsules, seeds numerous.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vata, kapha, dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, dysentery, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, hepatitis and burning sensation.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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