Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Portulaca oleracea

Botanical name : Portulaca oleracea Linn.
Family : Portulacaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Lonika, Brihat loni, Khotika

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Amla, Lavana
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Common purslane
Hindi : Badi noni, Bara laniya
Malayalam : Kozhuppa, Kozhuppacheera, Karicheera

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild as a weed.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small annual succulent weed usually seen in wet areas. Leaves simple, fleshy, oblong-ovate, obtuse and sessile. Flowers small, bright yellow, in terminal or axillary clusters. Fruits ovoid capsules with numerous small black seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, tumor, inflammations, jaundice, diabetes, burns, headache, burning sensation, vomiting, dysentery, skin diseases, and stomatitis.
Useful part : Whole plant

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