Saturday, September 5, 2009

Scindapsus officinalis

Botanical name : Scindapsus officinalis (Roxb.) Schott.
Family : Araceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Hastitippali, Gajapippali
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Madhura, Katu
Guna : Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Gajapippal, Baripippli
Malayalam : Atitippali, Aanatippali, Gajatippali
Distribution –Growing wild in dense evergreen forests in India.
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large perennial climber, growing on trees and rocks. Leaves large up to 30 cm long with numerous holes and teeth. Flowers densely arranged in the cylindric spadix, with green spathe. Fruits are berries. The mature inflorescence is used as medicine.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, diarrhea, cough, bronchitis, pharyngitis and worm infestation.
Useful part : Dried mature inflorescence.

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