kaknaafaa, Kakatundi , Blood Flower

  Sanskrit: Kákná¤há kaknaafaa H i n d i: Kakatundi English: B l o o d Flower Latin: As- clepias Curassavica, Linn. Part Used: Lea v es, root, flowers Habitat: Bengal and throughout South India; West Indies, Jamaica Energetics: Astringent Tissues: Plasma, blood, muscle, reproductive Systems: Circulatory, respiratory, excretory, repro-…

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Pippalí, Pipal, Long Pepper, Dried Catkins

  Sanskrit: Paßhana Bheda paSana  Baed   Hindi: Pippalí, Pipal English: Long Pepper, Dried Catkins Latin: Piper longum Linn. Part Used: Fruit Habitat: Indigenous to North-Eastern and South- ern India; Sri Lanka, cultivated in Eastern Bengal Energetics: Pungent-hot-sweet VK- P+ Tissues: All but bone Systems: Digestive, reproductive, respiratory Action: Analgesic,…

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Isapghul, Ispaghula or Spogel Seeds, Plantago ispagula

  Sanskrit: ͤhabgol, Snigdhajírá [fabgaaela, isngDajaIra     Hindi: Isapghul English: Ispaghula or Spogel Seeds Latin: Plantago ispagula; P. ovata Forsk. Part Used: Seeds Habitat: Throughout India Energetics: Cold, astringent VPK= Systems: Digestive/Excretory Action: Demulcent, emollient, laxative, diuretic Uses: Excellent for constipation (with warm wa- ter) and diarrhea (with cold…

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Arjuna, Terminalia arjuna W. & A., Pentaptera

  Sanskrit: Arjuna Ajauána   Hindi: Arjun   Latin: Terminalia arjuna W.  & A., Pentaptera glabra; P. angustifolia   English :   Arjuna   Myrobalan   Part Used: Bark Energetics: Astrin- gent-cold-pungent VPK= V+ arrhyth- mia   Tissues: Reproductive, plasma, blood Systems: Digestive, circulatory, reproductive Action: Cardiac stimulant, rejuvenative, astringent, hemostatic,…

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Lemon grass, Gandhatrana, Harí-chaha

Sanskrit: Bhút^iò BaUta^ó    Hindi: Gandhatrana, Harí-chaha English: Lemon grass Latin: Andropogon citratus DC. (A. Shoenanthus) Part Used: Essential oil, herb Habitat: Grows wild in gardens in India, Sri Lanka and other tropics, in cultivated areas Energetics: Pungent, bitter-cold-pungent PK- (V+ excess)

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Maricha, Gulmirch, Black Pepper, Piper nigrum Linn.

  Sanskrit: Maricha (meaning: sun due to its large amounts of solar energy) mairca Hindi: Gulmirch English :  Black  Pepper Latin:  Piper nigrum Linn. Part Used: Dried unripe fruit Habitat: Peren- nial    climbing shrub  is  found throughout India Energetics: Pun- gent-hot-pungent VK- P+ Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat, marrow, nerve Systems:…

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Dáruharidrá, Dáruhaldí, Barberry, Berberis vul- garis Linn, Kingor.

  Sanskrit: Dáruharidrá, Dáruhaldí daüHir]a, daüHldI Hindi: Kingor English: Barberry Latin: Berberis vul- garis Linn. Part Used: Berries Habitat:         Found throughout the Himalayas, Nepal, Tibet, Afghanistan Energetics: Bitter, astringent-hot-pungent PK- V+ Tissues: Blood, fat, plasma Systems: Circulatory, digestive Action: Diuretic, antibilious, refrigerant, sto- machic, bitter tonic, antiperiodic, alterative, anti- pyretic…

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kaMokarI, Choti Katheri,Solanum xanthocarpum Schrad and Wendil

  Sanskrit: Káòþkárí kaMokarI Hindi: Choti Katheri English: None Latin: Solanum xanthocarpum Schrad and Wendil Part Used: Stems, roots, flowers, fruit Habitat: Grows abundantly throughout India Energetics: Pungent, bitter VP- K+ Tissues: Plasma, blood, marrow, reproductive Systems: Respiratory, reproductive Action: Aperient, digestive, alterative, astringent; stems, fruits, flowers—bitter, carminative; root— diuretic,…

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Kala Tulasí, Ba- sil, Holy Ba- sil,

  Sanskrit: Tulsí (Tulasí), K^ißhòamul taulasaI,  kìS—maula Hindi: Kala Tulasí English: Ba- sil, Holy Ba- sil Latin: O c i m u m Spp.  or  O. Sanctum or O. basilicum Part Used: Herb Habitat: Small  herb found throughout India and cultivated near Hindu houses and temples Energetics: Pungent-hot-pungent VK- (P+…

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kufaa, Dúrba, Sacred Creeping Grass

  Sanskrit: Ku¤há kufaa   Hindi: Dúrba English: Sacred Creeping Grass Latin: Eragrostis cynosuriodes Beauv. Part Used: Grass, root Habitat: Grows wild throughout the Himalayas Energetics: Astringent Tissues: Plasma, reproductive Systems: Reproductive, urinary Action: Grass—hemostatic, coagulant, diuretic; [note: even local grasses (without chemicals sprayed on them) are useful] Uses: Root—dysentery,…

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Cháògerí, Amliká,Sorrel, Amrul

  Sanskrit: Cháògerí, Amliká caaMgaerI,   •milak   Hindi: Amrul English: Sorrel Latin: Oxalis corniculata Linn. Part Used: Leaves Habitat: Common weed throughout India Energetics: Astringent-cold-pungent Tissues: Plasma, blood Systems: Digestive, excretory, circulatory Action: Cold, refrigerant, antiscorbutic, appetiz- ing, astringent Uses: Leaves—fever, inflammations, pain, appe- tite, scurvy, digestion, dyspepsia, intoxication, poisoning,…

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gauzmaar, Gymnemasylvestre, Sarpa-darußhtrika

  Sanskrit: Sarpa-darußhtrika Hindi: Guæmár (meaning: sugar destroying) gauzmaar  (common name)  English: None Latin: Gymnemasylvestre Part Used: Roots, leaves Habitat: Climbing  plant found in the Himalayas, Central and Southern India, and on the Western Ghats in Goa Energetics: Astringent, refrigerant, tonic PK-V+ Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat, reproductive Systems: Circulatory, urinary,…

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Haridrá, Gauri, Turmeric, Haldi

  Sanskrit: Haridrá, Gauri Hir]a, gaaEir Hindi: Haldi English: Turmeric Latin: Curcuma longa Linn. Part Used: Rhi- zome, tubers Habitat: Through- out India Energetics: Bitter, astringent, pun- gent-hot-pungent K– (VP+ in ex – cess) Tissues: All Systems: Circula- tory,  digestive , respiratory, uri- nary Action: Alterative, anthelmintic, anti- bacterial/antibi- otic,…

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit   Energetics: Sour/hot/sour V– P+ K liquefy/ dis- charge or +   Action: Stimulant, expectorant, astringent Indications: Discharges phlegm when taken in the morning, digests sugars and fats, weight reduction, stimulates liver and pancreas, cardiovascular healing, protects the arteries, cancer preventive, cholesterol, high in vitamin C and potassium. Seeds…

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Mídhavis, Aconite, Monk’s Hood, Aconitum felconeri Stapf

  Sanskrit: Vatsnábh vatsanaaBa   Hindi: Mídhavis English: Aconite, Monk’s Hood Latin: Aconitum felconeri Stapf. Part Used: Leaves, seeds, roots Habitat: Throughout India Energetics: VP+ K Tissues: All, mainly blood/nerves Systems: All systems, especially the nervous sys- tem Action: Small doses—Anodyne, antidiabetic, an- tiperiodic, antiphlogistic, antipyretic, diaphoretic, diuretic. Large doses—poison,…

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