Ayurvedic medicinal Plants

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Poovam kurunnila - name : Vernonia cinerea

Poovam kurunnila - name : Vernonia cinerea

Properties of Poovam kurunnila

Botanical name Vernonia cinerea (Linn.) Less.
Family Asteraceae
Sanskrit Synonyms Sahadevi, Uttamakanyapatra
Ayurvedic Medicinal Properties
Rasa Tikta
Guna Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya Ushna
Name of the herb in other languages
English Ash colored fleabane
Hindi Sahadevyi, Sadodi
Malayalam Poovam kurunnila, Poovamkurunthala

Description of the Plant

An erect annual herb grows up to 75 cm in height. Stems are cylindrical, striate, and somewhat pubescent. Leaves simple alternate, variable in shape, ovate or lanceolate, irregularly toothed or serrate. Flowers are many pinkish violet, in small head inflorescences. Involucral bracts oblong, lanceolate, silky on the back. Fruits oblong achenes, slightly narrowed base, clothed with white hairs on one side.

Medicinal Properties of the Plant as per Ayurveda

Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, tonsillitis, stomach pain, diarrhea, intermittent fever, eczema, herpes, ringworm, and elephantiasis. Leaves are useful in conjunctivitis, and in lacrimation. Seeds are useful in worm infestation, cough, psoriasis, leukoderma and in other skin diseases. Plant possess anti cancerous property.

Useful parts of the herb

Whole plant

Poovam kurunnila - name : Vernonia cinerea

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