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Arni

Arni- Kozhiyappa-കോഴിയപ്പ
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The scientific name of Arni: Clerodendrum phlomidis

Synonyms: Clerodendrum phlomidis var. rubrum

Family: Verbenaceae

Name of in different languages:

English: Glory bower

Sanskrit: अग्निमंथा Agnimantha, गनिकारिका Ganikarika, जया Jaya, श्र्रीपर्णी Sriparni,

Hindi: अर्नी Arna

Tamil: Taluddai, Tazhutazhai, Munnai

Malayalam: Kozhiyappa-കോഴിയപ്പ, Munja

Useful plant parts:

Root, Bark, leaves

Plant description:

It is a common shrub, commonly in arid plains, grow to 1.5-3 m tall, stem is ashy-grey, branches are velvety. Leaves are arranged opposite, shape ovate to rhomboid-ovate, up to 5 cm long, and 3 cm broad, margin entire to wavy-toothed, pointed to blunt. Leaf-stalks are up to 2.5 cm long. Flowers are pale yellowish, 1.5 cm across, stalks are 5-10 mm long.

Medicinal uses:

Stomach troubles, fever, weakness, Gonorrhoea, syphilis, constipation, loss of appetite

Chemical content:

flavonoid glycosides, pectolinaringenin, andrographolide , D-glucopyranoside.

Medicinal properties:

Demulcent, Astringent

How to prepare medicines:

It is one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like:-

Dashmula (The ten root- Ayurvedic formulation)

Chavyanprash

Dashmularishtham

Dashmool Ghrita

Narayan Taila

Gorochandi Vati

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