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Scientific name of Abutilon: Abutilon indicum

Name of Abutilon in different languages:-

English: Country Mallow, Indian mallow, Indian Abutilon

Sanskrit: Bala, Athibala

Hindi: कंघी Kanghi

Tamil: துத்திக்கீரை-Paniyaratutti,  Thuthi, Uluku Soppu,

Malayalam: Thuthi, Velluram, Ooram, Kattooram, Oorpam, Vennkurunthotti

Plant description:

It is a Shrubs grow up to 2 m tall; Leaf  Simple, nerved, arranged alternately, bases cordate, margins dentate, heart Shaped, apex acute, sized 3 to 8 cm and 4 to 7 cm; stem green, densely clothed with soft white hairs. Flowers are solitary, born in axillaries, pedicels 4-5 cm long, petals yellow, flowering throughout the year. Fruits are globose, silvery white hairs, black when ripe; Seeds are ovoid to suborbicular, 3 mm long, root is the important plant part used in the treatments in Ayurveda,  Unani  and  Sidha.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Palmate Margin-Doubly-serrated Venation-Reticulate
 Palmate-resemble-a-hand  Margin_Doubly-serrated-serrate-with-sub-teeth  Recticulate

Useful plant parts:

Root, Leaf, the whole plant.

Medicinal uses:

Used as a purgative, tonic, treat chronic fever, Increases  semen quality and quantity, enhance skin texture and glow, antinode against poisons, cure injuries. The fresh plant decoction is used in the treatment of gonorrhea. The ash of  the whole plant is applied on burns.

Chemical contents:

β-Sitosterol, hepato-protective, anti-toxic - used as an antinode against poisons.

Medicinal properties: 

Anti diabetic, Analgesic, Anti-oxidant, Anti microbial ,  and Anti-inflammatory 

It is used as an ingredient in the  preparation of  the Ayurvedic medicines like:


Bala Thailam

Maha Vishagarbha Tailam

Mahanarayan thaialam

Mushikadi Taila

Prameha Mihira Taila


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