Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Piper brachystachyum Wall

Botanical name : Piper brachystachyum Wall.
Family : Piperaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Chavya, Chavika, Vanamaricha, Aranyamaricha

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Wild pepper
Hindi : Chab
Malayalam : Kattumulaku, Kattukurumulaku

Distribution – In Western Ghats, usually in Shola forests.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial woody climber with many sub-branches. Plants trails both on trees and rocks with the help of sticky roots on nodes. Leaves elliptic-ovate, sometimes lanceolate, caudate and acuminate. Fruits globose 1 seeded berries, found in spikes.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha pitta, cough, asthma, bronchitis, indigestion, dyspepsia, and anorexia
Useful part : Root, Fruit.

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