Botanical name : Vernonia cinerea (Linn.) Less.
Family : Asteraceae
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Ash colored fleabane
Hindi : Sahadevyi, Sadodi
Malayalam : Poovam kurunnila, Poovamkurunthala
An erect annual herb grows up to 75 cm in height. Stems are cylindrical, striate, and somewhat pubescent. Leaves simple alternate, variable in shape, ovate or lanceolate, irregularly toothed or serrate. Flowers are many pinkish violet, in small head inflorescences. Involucral bracts oblong, lanceolate, silky on the back. Fruits oblong achenes, slightly narrowed base, clothed with white hairs on one side.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, tonsillitis, stomach pain, diarrhea, intermittent fever, eczema, herpes, ringworm, and elephantiasis. Leaves are useful in conjunctivitis, and in lacrimation. Seeds are useful in worm infestation, cough, psoriasis, leukoderma and in other skin diseases. Plant possess anti cancerous property.
Useful part : Whole plant