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Cnicus benedictus - Cnicus

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Cnicus benedictus, spotted thistle

Cnicus benedictus is a thistle-like plant in the family Asteraceae and it is native to the Mediterranean region, from Portugal north to southern France and east to Iran. It is known in other parts of the world, including parts of North America, as an introduced species and often a noxious weed.

Uses

Cold, Flu, Depression, Menstrual cramps, Menopause, Diarrhea.

Parts Used

Flowers, Leaves.

Chemical Composition

Blessed thistle contains lignans, essential oil, tannins and the minerals calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and manganese. The main bitter substance is cnicin present in a concentration of 0.2 to 0.7 percent[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada
Hindi
Malayalam
Tamil
Telugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit
English Agrimony


Properties

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

Dravya

Rasa

Guna

Veerya

Vipaka

Karma

Prabhava

Habit

Annual plant

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple The leaves are divided into 3-6 toothed leaflets, with smaller leaflets in between

[2]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long Yellow 5-20 Flowers Season is June - August

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
7–10 mm (0.28–0.4 in.) long pome clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown With hooked hairs {{{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

Sow Blessed Thistle seeds directly outdoors in the spring after danger of frost has passed[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Mediterranean countries, Southeast Asia.

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