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Aerva javanica - Snow bush

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Buee, Aerva javanica

Aerva javanica is a species of plant in the Amaranthaceae family. It has a native distribution incorporating much of Africa (including Madagascar), and the south-west and south of Asia.

Uses

Rheumatism, Cracking of skin, Hemorrhoids, Skin dryness, Skin eruptions,

Parts Used

Roots, Woolly spikes.

Chemical Composition

The plant extract contains ascorbic acid, kaempferol, beta-amyrin and beta-sitosterol. The leaves also contain sitosterol and its glucoside. [1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada
Hindi Buee
Malayalam
Tamil Perumpoolai
Telugu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Dholphuli, Khul
English Javanese Wool Plant, Kapok Bush, Snow bush


Properties

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

Dravya

Rasa

Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)

Guna

Laghu (Light), Tikshna (Sharp)

Veerya

Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka

Katu (Pungent)

Karma

Kapha, vata shamaka

Prabhava

Habit

Perennial herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple 2-7 cm long leaves are alternately arranged along the stems and are quite variable in shape

[2]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
bisexual up to 10 cm long and 10 mm wide whitish flowers Separate male and female flowers are borne on separate plants

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
utricle 1-1.5 mm long orbicular {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

[3]

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds.

How to plant/cultivate

A plant of drier areas in the tropics and subtropics where it is found at elevations from sea level to 1,900 metres[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

African forest, Tropical areas.

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