Saturday, September 5, 2009

Spinifex littorcus

Botanical name : Spinifex littorcus Merr. (S. squarrosus Linn)
Family : Gramineae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vishakandaki, Mooshikakandaki
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi :
Malayalam : Elimullu, Kooramullu, Koomullu, Poomullu
Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes and costal areas.
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A heavily armed perennial shrub grows up to 3 meters in height. Leaves bipinnate, leaflets small, ovate, obtuse; flowers seen in terminal spikes, bright yellow, unisexual; fruits inflated pods, contain 2-3 seeds.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, arthritis, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, tonsillitis, erysipelas and skin diseases.
Useful part : Roots, Leaves.

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