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Senna auriculata - Ahulya

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Ahulya, Senna auriculata

Ahulya, is a shrub or small tree growing up to 7 metres tall. The bole can be 20cm in diameter. A multi-purpose plant with a wide range of local uses for food, medicines and to supply a range of commodities. It was at one time a major source of tannins, especially in southern India.


Skin diseases, Excessive bleeding, Excessive thirst, Dysentery, Diabetes [1]

Parts Used

Leaves, {{Parts Used|Flowers}, Bark

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada aavarike, honnaavare, honnaavarike, olle thangadi
Hindi tarvar, anwal
Malayalam avara, avarakka, avaram
Tamil aavarai, avaram
Telugu avaray, merakatangedu, tangedu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit adarisimbi, ahula, ahulya, ahulyam, avartaki, charmaranga



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












Kind Shape Feature
Pinnate alternate Leaflets to 2 x 1 cm, oblong-obovate or elliptic, shortly acuminate, pubescent, gland opposite the leaflets, stipitate; petiole 1-1.5 cm, stipules 1 cm, lunate, auricled



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual axillary and terminal corymbs Yellow 10 Corymbs axillary and terminal; peduncle 2 cm, pubescent; flowers yellow; larger sepals 1.5 x 1 cm, broadly ovate, obtuse, outer smaller; petals 3-3.5 x 2 cm, ovate, orbicular, clawed; stamens 7 fertile and 3 staminodes.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
A Pod Pod flat, pubescent, mucronate {{{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

Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and needs scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours. Cuttings. [4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area

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