Thursday, September 3, 2009

Vitex altissima Linn.f.

Botanical name : (V.alata Heyne)
Family : Verbenaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Atulam, Tilakam

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura, Katu
Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Tall chaste tree
Hindi : Tilakapushpa
Malayalam : Mayilellu, Mayila, Kattumayila

Distribution – Throughout south India, in evergreen and deciduous forests.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large tree grows up to 40 meters in height. Leaves compound, palmate, 3-5 foliate, winged rachis, leaflets acute, ovate, membranous, and glabrous. Flowers whitish, arises from the terminal panicles. Fruits ovoid drupes, containing hard seed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, inflammation, wounds, ulcers, allergy, eczema, pruritus, worm infestations, urinary system diseases, stomatitis, emaciation, and ailments after parturition.
Useful part : Leaves, Roots.

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