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Centella asiatica - Mandooka Parni

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Ondelaga, Centella asiatica

Centella asiatica is a small, herbaceous, frost-tender perennial plant of the family Mackinlayaceae. it is a small creeping herb with shovel shaped leaves emerging alternately in clusters at the stem nodes.

Uses

Hysteria, Dysuria, Insomnia, Swelling, Chronic ulcers, Cold, Cough, Diarrhea, Asthma.

Parts Used

Leaves, Stem, Roots.

Chemical Composition

Centella asiatica has large amounts of pentacyclic triterpenoids including asiaticoside, brahmoside, asiatic acid, and brahmic acid.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು Brahmi soppu, ಗದ್ದೆ ಬರಗ Gadde baraga
Hindi Bheki
Malayalam Kutakam, Kutannal
Tamil Kacappi, Matanti
Telugu Mandukaparni, Sarasvati-aku
Marathi NA
Gujarathi Brahmi, Khadabrahmi
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Bhandi, Bhandiri
English Pennywort, Coinwort

[2]

Properties

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

Dravya

Rasa

Madhura, Katu, Tikta, Kasaya

Guna

Laghu, Sara

Veerya

Shita

Vipaka

Madura

Karma

Balya, Dipana, Hrdya, Kaphapittahara, Medhya, Varnya, Visaghna, Svarya, Rasayana, Ayuṣya, Smrtiprada

Prabhava

Habit

Evergreen Perennial

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Simple Orbicular-reniform Crenate or sub-entire, glabrous, nerves radiating, petiole to 12 cm long, sheathing at base

[3]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 1-2 cm long Pink 5 Flowers Season is June - August

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Ovoid 3-4 mm long Reticulate-rugose 7-9-ribbed Many {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

[4]

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Centella asiatica, more commonly known as gotu kola, has enjoyed a long history as a medicinal herb in the Orient[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Along ditches, Wet areas.

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