Saturday, September 5, 2009

Smilax zeylanica

Botanical name : Smilax zeylanica Linn
Family : Liliaceae.
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vana madhusnuhi, Anana madhusnuhi.
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian smilax
Hindi : Jangali aushbah
Malayalam : Kareelanji, Kattu pavu, Kottavalli
Distribution – Throughout India in dense evergreen and semi deciduous forests.
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial climbing shrub. Main stem are woody with numerous thorns. Leaves simple, alternate, elliptic, acute and prominently nerved. Flowers axillary, white, white in umbels, fruits are berries.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, skin diseases, insanity, colic, diarrhea, syphilis, gonorrhea, leucorrhoea, arthritis, fever, impotency and general weakness.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves

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