Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rhizophora mangle

Botanical name : Rhizophora mangle
Family : Rhizoporaceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Agnimukha, Agnisikha
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Mangrove
Hindi : Bina
Malayalam : Kandal, Chuvanna kandal
Distribution – Growing naturally along the sea shores and river banks in western costal areas of India.
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large shrub or small tree with numerous supporting stilt roots, and breathing roots. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate-lanceolate, glabrous and acute. Flowers terminal in umbels. Fruits capsules, contain single seed, sprouts even before it fall off from the tree.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, diarrhea, dysentery, menorrhagia, leucorrhea, wounds, boils, and viral infections. Plant has aphrodisiac property.
Useful part : Leaves, Bark.

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