Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sida rhombifolia

Botanical name : Sida rhombifolia Linn.
Family : Malvaceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Atibala, Hastibala, Mahasamanga, Vadhyala
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura
Guna : Sara, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Madhura
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Wild mallow
Hindi : Barela, Lalbarela
Malayalam : Aanakuruntotti, Vankuruntotti
Distribution – Found as a weed, all around India.
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A semi woody, erect annual or perennial undershrub grows up to 1 meter in height. Leaves are variable, Rhomboid-lanceolate, serrated at apical half; flowers yellowish white, solitary, found in leaf axils. Fruits schizocarp, enclosed within the calyx. Seeds brown colored and smooth.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, pain, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, burning sensation, and urinary retention.
Useful part : Root.

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