Friday, September 4, 2009

Terminalia catappa

Botanical name : Terminalia catappa Linn.
Family : Combretaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Kshudrabeeja, Tapasadruma, Kshudrabadama

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya Tikta, Madhura
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian almond, Country almond tree
Hindi : Jangli badam
Malayalam : Nattubadam, Talli tnega, kadappa, talli, odal.

Distribution – throughout India, growing wild, also cultivated.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium to large sized tree grows up to 60 meters in height. Leaves Simple, opposite, sometimes whorled, ovate, acute or obtuse, leathery; flowers in axillary spikes, small and whitish; fruits long oblong elliptic, become green to purple when ripe, containing one buttery seed, which yield an edible oil.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, stomatitis, skin diseases, arthritis, headache, colic and itching.
Useful part : Leaves, fruits.

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