Ayurvedic medicinal Plants

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Manjal - Curcuma longa

Manjal Curcuma longa
Manjal - Curcuma longa

Properties of Manjal

Botanical name Curcuma longa Linn.
Family Zingiberaceae
Sanskrit Synonyms Haridra, Varavarnini
Ayurvedic Medicinal Properties
Rasa Tikta, Katu
Guna Guru, Snigdha
Virya Ushna
Name of the herb in other languages
English Turmeric
Hindi Haldi, Halda
Malayalam Manjal, Pachamanjal, Varattumanjal

Description of the Plant

A perennial herb grows up to 60 cm in height with underground stem. Leaves simple, large, with long petiole, oblong – lanceolate and acute. Flowers pale yellow in long spikes. Underground rhizomes cylindrical, ovoid, orange colored when cut and much branched.

Medicinal Properties of the Plant as per Ayurveda

Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, skin diseases, ulcers, wounds, inflammations, pruritus, allergy, tumor, cough, asthma malignancy, tumors and hemorrhoids.

Useful parts of the herb

Rhizome

Manjal Curcuma longa
Manjal - Curcuma longa

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