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Punarnava / Boerhavia Diffusa

Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa) – Usage, Properties, Benefits & Dosage Description of Plant A perennial diffuse herb that consists of creeping stem that is usually purple in color. The plant is about 0.75-1m in length. Occasionally it grows up to 4mtrs in rainy seasons and dries in summer. Leaves are usually whitish and smooth underneath and rough green on upper surface which are 2.5-4cm long, fleshy with soft hairs, whitish ventrally. Flowers are small, pink colored. Fruits are one seeded nuts which are round or circular, about 1cm long, containing seeds like cow’s beans. Root are fairly long, somewhat circular and […]

Shyonak / Sona Patha / Oroxylum Indicum

Shyonak, Sona Patha (Oroxylum Indicum) – Properties, Benefits & Dosage Description of Plant Shyonak (Oroxylum indicum) is small perennial tree extending to a height 8-15m branched at top chiefly grow in evergreen forest. Its leaves are 0.5-1.5 m long, 2-3 pinnate with opposite pinnae, leaflets 2-4 pairs, 6-12 cm long and 4-10 cm broad, ovate or elliptic, acuminate, glabrous; petioles of the lateral leaflets 6-15 mm long. Flowers are numerous having reddish-purple and pinkish-yellow within, about 0.3-0.6 meter long. The stalk of the flowers is one feet long. General Description Shyonak (Oroxylum indicum) has been mentioned in various Ayurvedic text […]

Colocynth / Citrullus colocynthis / Bitter Apple

Colocynth (Citrullus colocynthis), Bitter Apple Description of Plant Colocynth (Indravaruni, Bitter Apple) is a great herbal plant with many useful properties. It is also known as Citrullus colocynthis. Indravaruni belongs to the family of gourds and a relative of watermelon. It is the native of Africa and India. It is highly drought tolerant, hard, herbaceous vine. This plant can grow annual or perennial. Their stems are irregular and rough to great extent. Leaves are very rough, 5 to 10 cm long, deep three to seven lobed with middle lobe and sinus in open form with triangular shape and many clefts. […]

Akarkara / Pellitory / Anacyclus Pyrethrum

Akarkara, Pellitory (Anacyclus Pyrethrum) Akarkara belongs to Asteraceae family of plants and its botanical name is Anacyclus pyrethrum. It is an herb with many medicinal uses. Apart from Ayurveda, it is used by other alternative systems of medicine like Unani and Homeopathy. The herb is mostly known and famous for its aphrodisiac effect on the body and helps in the detoxification of excess wastes and fluids from the body. Most beneficial and useful part of plant is the root which is medicinally used in the form of dried powder. COMMON SYNONYMS OF ANACYCLUS PYRETHRUM English name – Pellitory, Mount Atlas […]

Shankhpushpi / Convolvulus Pluricaulis

Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus Pluricaulis) Description Of Plant It is a perennial herb with a small woody and branched rootstock which 4 to 12 inches long, densely hairy. The branches rise up to some extent and then spread on the ground and on grass. The leaves are 0.5 inches to 1.5 inches long. The petiole is minute and the base is acute. The flower wears the wide and shiny upper parts, and smells like radish if it is rubbed. The flowers are white, pink or thick rose color. It has funnel shaped rounds and blackish or brownish colored seeds. The entire bush […]

Karpura / Camphor / Cinnamomum Camphora

Karpura, Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora) – Properties, Benefits & Dosage Description Of The Plant Karpura is also known with the name Camphor. The scientific name of the plant is Cinnamomum camphora. Karpura is a crystalline, white compound with a strong pungent odor and taste. It is derived from the wood of the camphor. It belongs to the family of laurel. Karpura is a small, glabrous, broad leaved tree, grows up to 40 m with a broad sweeping crown, has diameter of up to 3 m. the bark of the plant is of yellow brown color with rough surface and vertical fissures. […]

Katuki / Picrorhiza kurroa

Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa) – Properties, Benefits & Dosage DESCRIPTION OF PLANT The Katuki is a Sanskrit word which means bitter. This is a great herb used very much in the ayurvedic treatment. It belongs to the Plantaginaceae family. This plant has very large family, over 200 genera and 3000 species. Katuki is known as Picrorhiza kurroa in the scientific language. This is a perennial herb which has a long rhizome. It is 2.5 to 12 cm long and 0.3 to 1 cm thick with somewhat curvy straight features. Katuki is of greyish brown color with coarse external surface which is […]

Patala / Stereospermum suaveolens

Patala (Stereospermum suaveolens) – Medicinal Properties, Benefits & Dosage Description of Patala (Stereospermum suaveolens) Plant Patala (Stereospermum suaveolens) tree is around 25m long. It is cylindrical in shape, extremely externally brown to creamy, rough due to vertical fissures, cracks, ridges and transverse fine lenticels, internally dark brown, lamellation of stratification due to presence of concentric bands of fibers. General Description It has various therapeutic properties like diuretic, cardiac tonic, anti-inflammatory. Its different parts are used in the management of different disorders. Its roots are useful in the balance of vata and their related disorders. Its flowers are cold in potency […]

Bhanga / Cannabis Sativa

Bhanga (Cannabis Sativa) DESCRIPTION OF THE BHANGA Bhanga is the ancient medicinal herb, famous with names of Marijuana Indian hemp, Ganja. The scientific name of the plant is Cannabis Sativa. It belongs to the Cannabaceae family. Bhanga is known to be an annual herb with erect stem, grows up to 3 to 10 feet or more than this and slightly branched with greyish green hair. The leaves of the plant are palmate, stipulate, present alternatively, have long petiole, smooth dark green with serrate, singly present, lanceolate, 3 to 11 in number, acuminate leaflets. These are long up to 10 cm […]

Jatamansi / Spikenard / Nardostachys Jatamansi

Jatamansi, Spikenard (Nardostachys Jatamansi) DESCRIPTION OF PLANT Jatamansi (Nardostachys Jatamansi) is a perennial herb about 10-60cm in height having long stout, rhizomes root. The leaves are elongated and spatulated while few leaves are sessile, oblong or sub ovate. The flowers are pink bell shaped. Its roots are thick and has too many hairs. GENERAL DESCRIPTION Due to its thick roots and too many hairs (jata in Sanskrit) it has the name Jatamansi. It consists of two words: Jata means dread locks and manasi indicates towards human. It is wonderful medicinal herb used since the ancient times for many medicinal purposes. […]

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