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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Mandukaparni  
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English: Gotu Kola, Indian Penny - wort  
Botanical: Centella asiatica, Hydrocotyle asiatica  
Hindi: Thalakudi  
Telugu: Saraswataaku  
Common names: Gotu Kola, Brahmi, Chi-hsueh Ts'ao, man t'ien hsing, Indian Pennywort, Brahma-manduki, Brahmi, Vallarai, Bereli, Brahmamanduki, Kodangal, Ondelaga, Kutannal, Ilikivi, Mandookparni, Urage
Family name: Umbelliferae  

2. Parts used:

  • Leaf

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Bitter.
  • Vipak: Mathura.
  • Veerya: Seetaveerya.

4. Uses:

  • It cures fever.
  • It is nervine, alterative, diuretic, febrifuge, rejuvenate by nature.
  • It balances vata and kapha doshas.
  • Develops memory power.
  • It cures bowel disorders, chronic venous Convulsions.
  • Good remedy for Eczema, Elephantiasis, Epilepsy, Varicose veins, venereal diseases.
  • Prevents Hair loss, Hypochondria.
  • It cleanses and rejuvenates immune system and cures blood diseases.
  • Balances high blood pressure.
  • It also affects insanity, rheumatism, mental function.
  • It heals minor burns.
  • It is treated as a good remedy for nervous disorders and Psoriasis.
  • Scars, Scleroderma, Senility, Skin ulcers,Tetanus can be cured by this herb.
  • It gives support in mediation by balancing blood circulation in brain.
  • It is a detoxification agent.
  • It is a good remedy for congestive heart failure, urinary tract infections, venereal diseases and hepatitis.
  • It is mild diuretic.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Vruttapatra: The plant with round leaves.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Ajara: it increases life period.

7. Reference:

Lolambarajeeyam, Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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