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Ageratum conyzoides - Vishamushti

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Vishamushti, Ageratum conyzoides

Vishamushti is a coarse annual plant with an erect stem and a strong, unpleasant smell. It can grow up to about 1 metre tall. A common weed of the tropical zone, it is also sometimes grown as an ornamental plant and is commonly used as a traditional medicine.

Uses

Wound healing, Anorexia, Dyspepsia, Renal calculi, Hemorrhoids [1]

Parts Used

Whole plant

Chemical Composition

The leaf is reported to contain stigmasterol (59.9%) and beta-sitosterol (26.7%) as major component of sterol faction. The dried flowering plant contains the pyrrolizidine alkaloids, lycopsamine and echinatine. [2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada helukasa, naayi thulasi, oorala gida
Hindi bhakumbar, visadodi
Malayalam appa, kattappa, muriyan, pacca
Tamil aappakkoti, pumpillu
Telugu pokabanthi
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit visamustih
English goat weed

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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), Rooksha (Dry), Teekshna (Strong)

Veerya

Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka

Karma

Vata, Kapha

Prabhava

Habit

Herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple Opposite 5-7 x 3-5 cm, ovate, apex acute, crenate, base rounded; petiole 1-3 cm long.

[4]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual terminal heads white-blue 5 Heads white, to 7 mm across, in terminal corymbose panicle; bracts 1-3-seriate, 3-4 mm long, elliptic, toothed at apex, 3-ribbed. Flowers all similar, bisexual. Corolla 2.5 mm long, tubular, white, glabrous, 5-lobed at apex. Stamens 5, anthers linear.

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Achene 2 mm long linear, 5-angled, hirsute along the angles; pappus 3-4 mm long, many, setaceous. {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Season to grow

Soil type

Propagation

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Sub tropical area

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