Friday, September 4, 2009

Tragia involucrata

Botanical name : Tragia involucrata Linn.
Family : Euphorbiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Dusparsa, Duralabha, Yavasa, Ananta, Yavasa

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Madhura, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka: Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Stinging nettle
Hindi : Barhanta
Malayalam : Koduthoova, Kodithoova, Choriyanam

Distribution – Throughout India, growing wild.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A perennial twinning herb with stinging hairs all over. Leaves simple, alternate, stipulate, oblong-lanceolate or ovate, serrate, base cordate or rounded, acuminate; flowers in axillary racemes, unisexual, female few, in lower part of inflorescence, male many in upper part. Fruits capsules, 3 lobed, containing 3 globose smooth seeds.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, constipation, hemorrhoids, diabetes, skin diseases, vomiting, vertigo, giddiness and headache.
Useful part : Root, Leaves

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