Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sida spinosa

Botanical name : Sida spinosa Linn.
Family : Malvaceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Mahabala
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura
Guna : Sara, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Madhura
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Prickly sida
Hindi : Bariyara, Gulasakari
Malayalam : Aanakuruntotti
Distribution – Found as a weed, all around India.
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A semi woody, erect undershrub grows up to 1 meter in height. Leaves, Rhomboid-lanceolate, serrated at apical half with minute spiny projections at the nodes; flowers yellowish white, solitary, axillary in slender peduncles. Fruits 5-6 chambared, with one seed in each chamber; seeds brown and smooth.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, pain, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, burning sensation, hemorrhoids, intermittent fever and general debility. Plant has aphrodisiac property
Useful part : Root, Whole plant

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