Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sapindus laurifolia Vaha

Botanical name : Sapindus laurifolia Vaha.
Family : Sapindaceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Phenila, Arishta, Gucchaphala
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Teekshna, Sara
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Soapnut tree.
Hindi : Ritta
Malayalam : Pasakotta, Urunji
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium sized deciduous tree grows up to 30 meters in height. Leaves pinnately compound, 2-3 pairs. Flowers white, polygamus, both male and bisexual flowers, in terminal pubescent panicles. Fruits fleshy drupes, pulp having soap like property, seeds black and globose.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, migraine, hysteria, epilepsy, ulcers, asthma, diarrhea, lumbago and stomach pain.
Useful part : Root, Bark, Fruit.

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