Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Punica granatum

Botanical Name : Punica granatum Linn.
Family : Punicaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Dadima, Kharakam, Madhuramlaphalam, Kuchaphalam, Dandabeejam.

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Pomegranate
Hindi : Anar, Dhalim
Malayalam : Mathalam, Urumambazam

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large deciduous undershrub grows up to 10 meters. Bark greenish grey colored. Leaves are opposite, glabrous, pellucid-punctate, with smooth upper surface. Flowers are scarlet red or yellow, solitary or 2-4 together. Fruits globose, brownish red colored crowned by persistent calyx. Seeds are numerous covered with thick sweet testa, the edible part of the fruit.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies tridosha, tapeworm infestation, Increase digestive power; alleviate fatigue and thirst and aphrodisiac.
Useful part : Bark, Fruit, Flower, Leaf.

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