Vanaharidra

Botanical Name: Curcuma aromatica Salisb.

Family: Zingiberaceae

 Introduction:

Its uses similar to those of  Curcuma longa.

Names in different Indian languages

English: Wild turmeric,Yellow Zedoary,cochin turmeric

Hindi : Ban haridra,jangli haldi

Malayalam: Kasthurimanjal

Sanskrit: Vanaharidra

Tamil: Kasturimanjal, kattumanjal

Telgu : Kasturi pasupu

Morphology          

Tuberous herb, 50 -80 cm height , red – orange colored rhizome.

Leaves – elliptic- lanceolate, boarder than C. longa , petiole long.

Flower – pinkish white, 3 lobed

fruit – globose

 Distribution & Habitat

All over India, cultivated in Kerala

Chemical constituents:

 Curdione, cerumol. Curcumol and curdione

 Properties:

RASA-katu, tikata

GUNA-laghu

VIRYA-ushna

VIPAKA-katu

Karma – kushtaghna, vathaghna

antimicrobial, antifungal, anthelmintic

 Srotogamitva:

Dosha : vathaghna

 Dhatu :raktha

 Mala :mutrala

Organ : liver,skin

Indication:

Cough, leucoderma, asthma, bruises and sprains, to skin eruptions and infections

Part used:

Rhizome

Dosage:

Powder 1-2g

Therapeutic uses

A decoction is administered in biliary gastritis

Paste useful in insect bite and skin disease

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