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Musa paradisiaca - Rambha

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Rambha, Musa paradiasiaca

Rambha is a large, perennial plant growing around 8 metres tall. Looking somewhat like a tree. It is a herbaceous plant whose top growth dies after flowering, to be replaced by new growth from the rootstock. Bananas are a staple food and one of the most prolific of all food crops.


Burns, Renal calculi, Skin diseases, Aphrodisiac, Bleeding disorders[1]

Parts Used

Pseudostem, Flowers, Fruits[2]

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Baale hannu
Hindi Kela
Malayalam Vala, Kadalivala
Tamil Vaazhai
Telugu Aratti
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Kadala, Kadali
English Banana



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



Madhura (Sweet), Kashaya (Astringent)


Guru (Heavy), Snigdha (Slimy)


Sheeta (cold)


Madhura (Sweet)


Pitta, Vata






Kind Shape Feature
Bipinnate Alternate Root stock large; stem formed by the imbricate base of petioles. Leaves simple, large, with a thick midnerve and pinnately parallel nerves



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Terminal spicate Pale yellow 5 Bracts spathaceous, large. Sepals and petals connate. Lip free, transparent. Stamens 5, fertile, with a sterile staminode


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
A berry An elongated fleshy berry, seeds are not produced {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used


Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Rhizome divisions.

How to plant/cultivate

The propagation is through shoots from the rhizomes, since most of the seeds species are sterile.[6]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Sub tropical area

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  1. Uses
  2. ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.775, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  3. Vernacular names
  4. Botonic description
  5. Ayurvedic preparations
  6. Cultivation details

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