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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Svarnapatri  
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English: Senna  
Botanical: Cassia augustifolia, Cassia acutifolia, Cassia angustifolia  
Hindi: Hindisanakapat  
Telugu: Shonamakhi  
Common names: Shonpat, Bhumivalli, Senna, Indian senna, Tinnervelly senna, cassia senna, Senna, Rajavriksha, Fan xia ye, American senna, locust plant, wild senna  
Family name: Leguminosae,Caesalpinaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Pods
  • Stems
  • Leaves

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Bitter and spicy.
  • Veerya: Ushna.

4. Uses:

  • It is Purgative.
  • It enhances the peristaltic movements of the colon.
  • It is useful in habitual costiveness [constipation].
  • It is used as expectorant, wound dresser.
  • It is antidysentric, carminative and laxative.
  • Good herb for inflammatory skin conditions, hypertension, obesity.
  • It is anthchiiintic, antipyretic, alterative, cathartic, laxative, vermifuge, diuretic by nature.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Swarna pushpi :The plant with yellow flowers.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Baddamochani: Clears constipation.

7. Reference:

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

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