Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ruta chalepensis

Botanical name : Ruta chalepensis Linn. (Ruta graveolens Linn)
Family : Rutaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Gucchapatra, Peetapushpa, Vishapaha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES

Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Teekshna
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

English : Common rue, Garden rue
Hindi : Satap, Pisamaram
Malayalam : Aroota, Nagatali, Satap

Distribution – Throughout India cultivated as a garden plant as well as growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION

A peculiar smelled perennial herb grows up to 75 cm in height. Leaves compound, petiolote with oblong or ovate segments. Flowers are yellow, found as terminal or axillary recemes. Fruits capsules.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, epilepsy, convulsions, insanity, hysteria, fever, febrile fits, indigestion, colic and poison stings. The plant is a nervine stimulant. It cause uterine contraction in higher dose; hence it is contraindicated in pregnancy.
Useful part : Whole plant, oil

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