Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vigna sublobata

Botanical name : Vigna sublobata (Linn.) Wilczek.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Mashaparni, Vanamasha

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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Wild black gram
Hindi : Banoord
Malayalam : Kattuzhunnu,

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes, and hills up to 350 meters of elevation.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A small, sub erect twinner, with slender stem. Leaves trifoliate, with long petiole, leaflets sub ovate or rhomboid, silky hairy on both sides; flowers yellow, in short axillary racemes; fruits cylindric 3-4 cm long, pubescent, two valved pods. Seeds 8-10 per pod, dark brown.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, skin diseases, inflammation, cough, hemiplegia, fever and general debility.
Useful part : Whole plant (sometimes root only)

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