Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ziziphus mauritiana (jujuba) Lam

Botanical name: Ziziphus mauritiana (jujuba) Lam.
Family: Rhamnaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Badara, Kola, Koli


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

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian jujube, Chinese date.
Hindi : Ber, Beri
Malayalam : Ilanta, Lanta, Lanthappazham, Peruntudari

Distribution – Throughout India growing in dry deciduous forests, also cultivated in home.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A moderate sized tree grows up to 20 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, oblong, ovate and toothed; flowers greenish white, in axillary fascicles or cymes; fruits oblong, drupes, turns green to red when ripe. Seeds covered by fleshy edible pulp.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, obesity, fever, burning sensations, cough, wound, skin disease, ulcers, stomatitis, diarrhea, sexual weakness, and general debility.
Useful part : Fruit, Seed, Leaves, Root, Bark

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