Friday, January 24, 2014

Acalypha Indica (Botanical Name) / Kuppaimeni (In Tamil)

Acalypha India
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Tamil: Poonamayakki, Kuppaimeni

Acalypha indica is called Indian Aclypha with green unisexual flowers grown in tropical land to an height of 75 cm. It’s found mostly in India, Africa and Sri Lanka.

Due to some special character it is said to be attracted by cat and so it's called as Poonamayakki in Tamil.
It is used in Tamil Siddha medicine and it is believed to make our body ourselves feel fresh and better.
In West Africa the leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

Acalypha Indica

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Medicinal Value:

The paste acquired from the leaves of the Acalypha indica is helpful in curing burns.

The juice extracted from the leaves, mixed with lime are applied on skin to cure diseases caused by Ringworm.

Powdered leaves are used to cure infected wounds.

The whole plant of this herb collected in its flowering stages and dried to make ingredient for the drugs Acalypha. It is useful in broncitis ,asthma, pneumonia and rheumatism.

Fresh juice of leaves mixed with oil and salt is used to cure Scabies.

The active medicinal compounds like Acalyphine, alkaloids, cyanogenic glucoside and Triacetoneamine are extracted from this plant.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Solanum Nigrum (Botanical Name) / Manathakkali or Milagu Thakkali (In Tamil)

Botanical Name: Solanum nigrum (LINN.)
Tamil Name: Manathakkali or Milagu Thakkali
Generally called as: Black Nightshade and sometimes Garden Nightshgade

Its  short-lived herb often found in cultivated land and present world wide. It's grown up to a height of 30 to 120 cm.
Solanum Nigrum

In early Ayurvedic texts, Solanum nigrum / Black Nightshade has been mentioned as an important ingredient in herbal heart medications.

The juice of the plant is used on ulcers and other skin diseases. The fruits are used as a tonic and for treating asthma. Raw leaves can be cleaned and chewed directly for curing mouth ulcer.

This plant's leaves are used to treat mouth ulcers in South India. Boiled extracts of leaves and berries are also used to alleviate liver-related ailments, including jaundice in North India. In Assam, the juice from its roots is used against asthma and whooping cough.

Ripe berries and cooked leaves of this plant are used as food. It is good for health. Ripped berries are sweet taste and can be eaten raw.
Ripped berries of Solanum Nigrum

In south India the leaves and ripped berries of  Solanum nigrum is used in making different verities for curries. The ripped berries were dried and can used to make vatral kuzhambu.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Pirandai (In Tamil) - Cissus Quadrangularis (Botanical Name)

Cissus Quadrangularis has been used in traditional Ayurvedic system for weight management, to heal broken bones and injured ligaments and tendons.

Cissus quadrangularis reaches a height of 1.5 m. Its mostly seen in dry waste lands.

Cissus Quadrangularis
It is said to have antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant , anthelmintic, antihemorrhoidal and analgesic activities.
Its bactericidal effects treatment of gastric ulcers.

A weight loss supplement containing Cissus quadrangularis and other ingredients including green tea, soya, selenium, chromium, and B vitamins was evaluated in an 8-week trial. The supplement helped reduce significant weight loss.
Cissus quadrangularis revealed faster initiation of healing process. A study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of methanolic extract of Cissus quadrangularis on the healing process on dog. Cissus quadrangularis treated animals revealed faster initiation of healing process.
Cissus quadrangularis is used for obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and stomach upset.

Cissus quadrangularis is used in the below causes
Diabetes, High cholesterol, Bone fractures, Upset stomach, Stomach ulcers, Asthma, Malaria, Pain, Bodybuilding.
Flesh from the stem after removing the skin is mixed with Coriander, Pepper, Ginger, Mint leaves, Tamarind, carry leaves, proper quantity of Dhall and fried in oil to make edible curry will be good for health.

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