Pakhanbed, Dakachru,Saxifraga ligulata Wall

  Hindi: Pakhanbed, Dakachru English: None Latin: Saxifraga ligulata Wall. Part Used: Rhizome Habitat: Found in temperate the areas of the Himalayas, from Bhutan to Kashmir and the Khassia Mountains. Energetics: Astringent, sweet-cold-sweet PK-V+ Tissues: Plasma, fat, female reproductive Systems: Female reproductive, urinary Action: Astringent, demulcent, diuretic, lithotrip- tic Uses:…

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Sambhalu, Five Leafed Chaste Tree, Vitex negundo Linn

  Sanskrit: Nirguòæí inagauá<zI  Hindi: Sambhalu English: Five Leafed Chaste Tree Latin: Vitex negundo Linn. Part Used: Roots, root, flowers, leaves, bark Habitat: Bengal, Southern India, Himalayas; Burma (Myanmar) Energetics: Leaves—bitter; flowers—cold, astrin- gent P- V+ (K+ in excess) Tissues: Plasma, blood, marrow/nerve, reproduc- tive Systems: Circulatory, female reproductive, nervous…

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Nimba, Neem, Melia azadirachta Linn

  Sanskrit: Nimba inamba Hindi: Nimb English: Neem Latin: Melia azadirachta Linn. (Azadiracta Indica) Part Used: All Habitat: This tree grows wild in Iran, the Western Himalayas of India, and is cultivated in other parts of India Energetics: Bitter/astringent-cold-pungent PK- V++ Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat Systems: Circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary…

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Nagakesara, Cobra’s Saffron, Mesua ferrea Linn

  Sanskrit: Nágke¤har naagakèfar   Hindi: Nagakesara English: Cobra’s Saffron Latin: Mesua ferrea Linn. (M. Roxburghii, M. coromandalina Part Used: Flower buds, flowers, fruit, seed, root, bark, oil Habitat: Throughout India Energetics: dried blossoms, root and bark—bitter; bark—mild astringent; dried flowers and blos- soms—astringent; fruit skin—astringent Tissues: Plasma Systems: Respiratory,…

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balaa, Bariar, Country Mallow

  Sanskrit: Balá (meaning: strength giving) balaa Hindi: Bariar English: Country Mallow Latin: Sida cordifolia Linn. (S. herbacea, S. rotundifolia, S. althaeitolia.) Part Used: Root Habitat: Grows wild along roadsides throughout the tropical and sub-tropical plains of India and Sri Lanka

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Ashwagandhá, Winter cherry

  Sanskrit: Ashwagandhá (vitality of the horse) •fvaganDaa    Hindi: Ashgandh Latin: Withania somnifera dunal (Physalis flexuosa); Solanaceae English: Winter cherry Part Used: Root Habitat: This shrub is in Himalayas, 6,000 feet; common in Bombay, Western India, sometimes in Bengal

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Revand-chini, Archu, Rhubarb

  Hindi: Revand-chini, Archu English: Rhubarb Latin: Rheum emodi Wall., (R. officinale, R. acuminatum, R. speciforme, R. webbianum, R. moorcroftianum, R australe). Part Used: Root (dried rhizomes) Habitat: Himalayas: 8,000-13,000 feet; Kashmir, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, China, Tibet, Russia, Tur– key, and many other countries Energetics: Bitter-cold-pungent PK- V+ Tissues: Plasma,…

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Figs (Anjíra)

Figs (Anjíra) Energetics: Sweet, astringent/cold/sweet VPK+ Dry V+ Action: Nutritive, demulcent, laxative, antibacterial, aperient, emollient Indications: Urinary tract and gall bladder stones, liver, kidneys, chronic cough, increase weight, destroys roundworms, hemorrhoids, cancer, diges- tive disorders, high in fiber. Figs are a good source of iron and an excellent blood builder….

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