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Holostemma annularis - Arkapushpi, Holostemma

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Arkapushpi, Holostemma

Arkapushpi is a genus of Flowering plants formerly belonging to the plant family Asclepiadaceae, now considered to be part of the Apocynaceae. The genus was first described in 1810. As presently constituted, the genus contains only one known species, Holostemma ada-kodien, native to southern Asia (China, Nepal, Pakistan, Kashmir, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand).

Uses

Pregnancy care, Eye care, Skin diseases, ulcers, wounds, gonorrhoea, diarrhea, coughs, loss of appetite, stomach-ache, heal ulcers.

Parts Used

Rhizome, latex.

Chemical Composition

Alpha-amyrin, lupeol and beta-sitosterol[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada
Hindi Chhirvel
Malayalam Ada kodien
Tamil Palay kirai
Telugu Palagurugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Jivanti, Arkapushpi
English Holostemma


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

Climber

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Large Triangle leaf's Margin is Entire and Venation-Cross venulated. leaves 7-15 cm length and 5-10 cm breadth, top of the leaf is smooth and bottom part is hairy

[2]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
peduncled cymes 10–15 cm long Yellow-white peduncles shorter than the petiole, stout; pedicels 1.5 cm long; calyx lobes ovate, 4 mm long; corolla 2.5 cm across, campanulate, pale purple, lobes 8 x 6 mm, ovate, obtuse

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
oblong pod Thinly septate, pilose, wrinkled {{{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

Commonly seen growing in areas

Scrub jungles, deciduous forests, plains

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References

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