Friday, September 4, 2009

Tinospora cordifolia

Botanical name : Tinospora cordifolia (Wild.) Mires ex Hook.f. & Thoms
Family : Menispermaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Guduchi, Amrita, Chinnaruha

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Gulancha tinospora, Tinospora
Hindi : Giloy, Gulancha, Amrta
Malayalam : Chittamritu, Amrit

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A spreading perennial deciduous twinner with succulent stems and easily pealing off papery bark. Leaves simple, alternate, cordate, entire, glabrous, with 7-9 nerves. Flowers yellow in recemes, arising from nodes on the old wood. Male flowers usually are in clusters and female solitary. Fruits are drupes, red when ripe. Mucilaginous greenish crust is covered with grey colored coat studded with tubercles.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, burning sensation, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, cardiac debility, skin disease, anemia, cough, jaundice, oligospermia and urinary system diseases.
Useful part : Stem

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