Friday, September 4, 2009

Tridax procumbens

Botanical name : Tridax procumbens Linn.
Family : Asteraceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Ekapushpi, Vranaropani

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Amla, Tikta
Guna : Guru, Snigdha
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Coat buttons
Hindi :
Malayalam : Chiravanakku, Chiravanak

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A spreading annual herb grows up to 20 cm in height. Leaves simple, opposite, serrate or dentate, acute, fleshy and pubescent. Flowers in head, long stalked and whitish. Seeds are numerous, small with tuft of silky hairs on one side for wind dispersal.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, inflammation, wound, ulcers, anal fistula, and hemorrhoids.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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