Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Zanthoxylum rhetsa (Roxb) DC

Botanical name: Zanthoxylum rhetsa (Roxb) DC
Family: Rutaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Lakhuvalkala, Bidalaghni, Asvaghra
 

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian prickly ash-tree
Hindi : Badrang
Malayalam : Mullilam, Mulliyllam, Karimurikku, Kattumurikku

Distribution – Throughout Western Ghats, growing wild in semi deciduous forests.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate sized armed tree grows up to 35 meters in height. Leaves compound, imparipinnate and crowded at the end of branches. Leaflets ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous and scenty. Flowers yellowish green, small, in terminal panicles. Fruits small globose, fragrant berries contain single seed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, asthma, bronchitis, cardiac ailments, stomatitis, pyorrhea, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, arthritis, boils, ulcers, poison, and traumatic eye injury.
Useful part : Bark, Leaves, Seeds.

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