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Curcuma aromatica - wild turmeric, Aranyaharidra

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Kasthuri arishina, Curcuma aromatica

Curcuma aromatica is a member of the Curcuma genus belonging to the family Zingiberaceae. Botanically close to Curcuma australasica, wild turmeric has been widely used as a cosmetic herbal in South Asia and nearby regions.

Uses

arthritis, heartburn, joint pain, stomach pain, ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, diarrhea, intestinal gas, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, lichen planus, fatigue, headaches[1]

Parts Used

Rhizome, Oil.

Chemical Composition

Rhizome yields essential oil, containing curdione and curcumol, colouring matter, cucurmin, resin, mucilage, albumionoids, starch, gum and sugar[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada kasthuri arishina
Hindi jangli haldi
Malayalam kasthoori manjal, dantmanjal
Tamil kasturimanjal
Telugu kasthuri pasupa
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Aranyaharidra
English wild turmeric, aromatic turmeric


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

Prabhava

Habit

Shrub

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Large Oblong Up to 1 m long, dark green on upper surface, pale green beneath. Each leafy shoot (pseudostem) bearing 8–12 leaves

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 10–15 cm long Yellow-white Flowers are sterile and do not produce viable seed

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
oblong pod Thinly septate, pilose, wrinkled Small, ovoid, brown. Not viable {{{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

Turmeric is a low-growing tropical herbaceous plant, which forms many long thin rhizomes[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Trophical, Sub trophical.

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