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Javanese Wood Plant


Botanical Name Aerva lanata (Linn.) Juss.
Common NameJavanese wood plant, Chaya (Hindi), Cherupulai (Tamil), Bhadra (Sanskrit)

Distribution

Throughout India

Religious association

The flower of this plant is one among the ten auspicious flowers or ‘Dashapushpams’. *

Uses

The plant is described in Ayurveda as one of the best-known remedies for bladder and kidney stones. A decoction of the plant is consumed to dissolve the stones. The plant is used to eliminate intestinal worms and acts as an antidote for snake poison. It is also used in the treatment of Diabetes mellitus. The roots are used in headaches and its decoction is given as a tonic to pregnant women. The young shoots are eaten by cattle.

* Dashapushpam  (Ten auspicious flowers used for the worship of Hindu deities)

Sl. No.

Botanical Name

Common Name
(Hindi)

Common Name
(Tamil)

1

Cynodon dactylon

Durba

Arukampillu

2

Aerva lanata

Chaya

Cerupulai

3

Vernonia cinerea

Sahadevi

Puvamkurundal

4

Evolvulus alsinoides

Vishnukranta

Vishnukranti

5

Biophytum sensitivum

Lajjalu

Teendanazhi

6

Emilia sonchifolia

Hirankhuri

Muyalchevi

7

Curculigo orchioides

Musli

Nilappanaikkizhangu

8

Eclipta alba

Bhringraj

Kaikeshi

9

Cardiospermum halicacabum

Kaanphuti

Mudukkottan

10

Mandragora officinalis

-

Thiruthaali

 

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