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Arrow Root

The scientific name of Arrow Root: Maranta arundinaceae Linn.

Family: Zingiberaceae

Name of Arrow Root in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Tuvaksheeri, Tugaksheeri, Tavaksri

English: Arrowroot, Bermuda arrowroot, West Indian arrowroot, obedience plant.

Malayalam: കൂവ-Koova, മഞ്ഞകൂവ-Manjakkova, Vellakoova, Channakkova-ചണ്ണകൂവ, kochikoova 

Hindi: Tikhor

Bengali: Ararut

Kannada: Kuvehittu, Tavaksiri

Tamil: Kuva; Araruttukkilangu

Telungu: Palagunta

Tamil: Aruruttukkilangu, kookai neer

Plant description:

Arrow Root or India-Arrow root is an erect, perennial herb growing up to 2 feet tall, the leaves are green, ovate-oblong, alternate, with long, leafy, hairy sheaths, size up to 8-10 inches long, oppositely arranged, ovate, lanceolate, slightly hairy; the flowers are small white. The flowers are white, and in terminal panicle, it  dispose in a long, lax, spreading,  linear, sheathing bracts, at the ramifications. Rhizomes are the useful part of the plant, which is yellowish-white, the root stock are dug when the plant is one-year-old, and size up to 30 cm in length and 19 mm in diameter.


Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Linear-elongatd Margin-Entire Venation-reticulate
 Linear-parellel-marginn-elongated  Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

It is used in dysentery, diarrhea, cough, dyspepsia, bronchitis, nourishing food for infants, invalids. Main ingredient in biscuits, cakes, puddings, jellies and faces powders, bowel complaints, to get energy and vigor, 

Chemical contents:

Vitamin A, demulcent properties.

Medicinal properties:

Demulcent,  Astringent, refrigerant, expectorant, aphrodisiac

How to prepare medicines:

West-Indian Arrowroot's  dried rhizome powder can use as a health mix,  easily digested, nourishing diet for convalescents, especially in bowel complaints.

Used as an ingredient in the Ayurveda medicines like:-

Shatavari Gulam

Eladi Ghrita

Dadimashtaka choornam

Sithopaladi Choornam

Nalpaamaradi Keram

Chavyana Prasham

Drakshadi lehyam

Shatavari Gulam

Marma Vattu


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