Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Psoralea corylifolia

Botanical name : Psoralea corylifolia Linn.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Bakuchi, Vakuchi, Avalgujabeeja, Somaraji, Poothifalee, kushtaghni

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Babchi, psoralea seed
Hindi : Bavchi, Bakchi
Malayalam : Karkokil

PLANT DESCRIPTION
An erect herbaceous annual, 60-120 cm height. Leaves simple, broadly elliptic, rounded, clothed with white hairs on both surfaces, covered with numerous black dots. Flowers blue in dense, axillary, 10-30 flowered racemes; fruit pods, subglobose, slightly compressed, black, seeds oblong, flattened, dark brown with an agreeable aromatic odor and taste.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, leucoderma, ulcers, scabies, leprosy, muco-membraneous disorders and dermatitis.
Useful part : Seeds, leaves

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