Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Plectranthus vettiverioides

Botanical name : Plectranthus vettiverioides (Jacob) Singh & Sharma
Family : Laminaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Udeechi, Hreebera, Ambu, Valakam

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian plectranthus
Hindi : Valak
Malayalam : Iruveli

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small, profusely branched succulent aromatic herb. Stems are quadrangular and greenish. Leaves are glandular and hairy, broadly ovate with dentate margins. Flowers are small, bluish in terminal racemes. Fruits are seedless.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, fever, burning sensation, urinary retention, vomiting, diarrhea and ulcers. It promotes hair growth.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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