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Bryophyllum pinnatum - Asthibhaksha

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Bryophyllum is a plant genus of the Crassulaceae family that has sometimes been included within the genus Kalanchoe. There are about forty species in the group, native originally of South Africa, Madagascar, and Asia. The group is notable for vegetatively growing small plantlets on the fringes of the leaves.

Uses

Cough, Asthma, Cold with candy sugar, Dysentery, Blood pressure, Cardiac problem, Fever, Diarrhea, Constipation[1]

Parts Used

Leaves.

Chemical Composition

Bufadienolide compounds isolated from Bryophyllum pinnatum include bryophillin A which showed strong anti-tumor promoting activity in vitro, and bersaldegenin-3-acetate and bryophillin C which were less active. Bryophillin C also showed insecticidal properties.

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Gandukalinga
Hindi Jakh me hayat
Malayalam
Tamil Malaikkalli, Runakkalli
Telugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Parn beej, Raktakusum
English Life plant, Cathedral Bells


Properties

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

Dravya

Rasa

Kashaya (Astringent), Amla (sour)

Guna

Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)

Veerya

Sheeta (Cold)

Vipaka

Madhura (Sweet)

Karma

kapha, Pitta

Prabhava

Habit

perennial succulent herbs

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple or pinnate elliptic They are fleshy, oppositely arranged, with a crenate margin, flattened, and the number of leaflets present varies from one near the base of the stems to three or five. Venation obscure.

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
bell-shaped up to 7 cm long yellowish-green or pale green 8 flowers are arranged in branched clusters at the tips of the stems

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
papery and membranous 15 mm long with four slender compartments (i.e. carpels). They generally remain enclosed within the old flower parts and contain numerous minute, slender, brownish-coloured seeds {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Cuttings, Plantlets

How to plant/cultivate

Very easily propagated from the planlets that grow on the leaf margins. [2]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Weed in banks, Hummocks, Waste grounds, Wet regions

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