Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sphaeranthus africanus

Botanical Name : Sphaeranthus africanus Linn
Family : Asteraceae
SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Hapusha, Mundi, Sravani, Alambusha, kadambapushpi
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Madhura
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : East Indian globe thistle.
Hindi : Mundi
Malayalam : Adakkamaniyan
PLANT DESCRIPTION
A spreading aromatic herb with spreading glandular hairy stem and branches with purple or pink flowers. Stems with toothed wing, leaves alternate, toothed. Flowers are terminal, globose, whitish, head inflorescence.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
The plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta epilepsy, migraine, jaundice, fever, cough, hemorrhoids, helminthiasis, skin diseases and as nervine tonic.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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