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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Pitratarpana  
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English: Sesame  
Botanical: Sesamum indicum, Sesamum orientale, Sesamum trifoliatum, Sesamum luteum  
Hindi: Gingli  
Telugu: Nuvvulu  
Common names: Sesame, Tila, Til, Ellu, Snehaphala, Gingelly, Tilah, Homadhanya, Mithutel, Kalatil, Krishnatil, Pollanuvvulu, Tunpattala, Bariktel, Papaghna
Family name: Pedaliaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Seed
  • Oil
  • Leaf

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Spicy.
  • Vipaka: Bitter.

4. Uses:

  • It normalizes the menustration process [amenorrhea].
  • Good remedy for bums, cholera, constipation and cough.
  • It also works for dysentery, dysmenorrheal, gonorrhea, emmenagogue, emollient and ulcers.
  • Seeds are aphrodisiac, demulcent, diuretic, galactogogue by nature.
  • It is laxative, rejuvenate.
  • It cures hemorrhoids,scalds [injuries due to burns].

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Sweta pushpa:The plant with white flower.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Vatahari: Balances vata.

7. Reference:

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

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