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Biophytum sensitivum - Alambusha

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Alambusha, Biophytum sensitivum

Alambusha is an herbaceous plant with pinnate leaves which are sensitive to touch. Yellow flowers are borne on stalks. It can be found in moist shady places.

Uses

Urinary calculi, Wounds, Abscesses, Asthma, Stomach pain, Piles, Daibetes.[1]

Parts Used

Leaves, Roots, Flowers[2]

Chemical Composition

It contains two biflavones, Cupressuflavone and amentoflavone, three flavonoids, luteolin 7-methyl ether, isoorientin and 3′-methoxyluteolin 7-O-glucoside.[3]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Dodda horamuchhaka, Dodda horamuni
Hindi Lakhshana
Malayalam Mukkutti
Tamil Tintanali
Telugu Attapatti, Atti pathri, Chumi, Jala puspa
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Alambusa, Jalapushpa, Panktipatra
English Little Tree Plant, Sensitive plant

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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), Kashaya (Astringent)

Guna

Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)

Veerya

Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka

Karma

Kapha, Pitta

Prabhava

Habit

Herb

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Pinnate Alternate Leaves 1.5-8 cm long; petioles to 2 cm long.

[5]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual 6-8 mm across Yellow and red 10 Sepals 5, lanceolate, to 5 mm long, glandular-pubescent, 5-nerved. Flowering from September to December

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Capsule 6-8 cm long Capsules glandular-pubescent along septa; seeds 2(-4) in each locule, concentrically 9-ridged Fruiting from September to December

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Agnitundi Vati

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds

How to plant/cultivate

The plant flowers and fruits all year round.[6]

Season to grow

[7]

Required Ecosystem/Climate

[8]

Kind of soil needed

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area

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References

  1. Uses
  2. ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.1299, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  3. Chemical constituents
  4. Vernacular names
  5. Botanic description
  6. How to plant/cultivate
  7. Test
  8. Test

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