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Blumea balsamifera - Kukundara

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Kukundara, Blumea balsamifera

Kukundara is a flowering plant belonging to the Blumea genus, Asteraceae family. Kukundara is also known as Blumea balsamifera, sambong, kakoranda, bhamaruda, etc.

Uses

Wounds, Fever, Rheumatism, Headache, Cold, Blotches, Cough, Diarrhea, Stomach spasms

Parts Used

Leaves, Flowers.

Chemical Composition

Ngai Camphor oil consists almost entirely of l-borneol. It is redistilled to obtain the refined camphor for use in medicine. The dried leaves contain sesquiterpene lactones. [1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kukuraadra
Hindi Kakoranda, Kukronda
Malayalam Banga-chappa, Sombong
Tamil Cuvarru mullanki, Kattu mullani, Narak-karantai
Telugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Kukkura-dru, Kukundara, Tamracuda
English Ngai camphor


Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent)

Guna

Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)

Veerya

Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka

Katu (Pungent)

Karma

Kapha, Vata

Prabhava

Habit

Evergreen shrub

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple oblong 15-18 × 3.5-5 cm, abaxially densely silky-lanate, adaxially rugose and pilose with blunt multicellular hairs

[2]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long Yellow 5 veins 10-12 pairs. Capitula 6-7 mm, in spreading pyramidal panicles, pedunculate

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
oblong 4-6 mm clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown Central florets yellow many {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds

How to plant/cultivate

A plant of the tropics and subtropics, it can be found at elevations from sea level to 2,200 metres[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Dry fields, Grasslands, Mountain slopes, Thickets, Roadsides.

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