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Arrow Root

The scientific name of Arrow Root: Maranta arundinaceae Linn.

Name of Arrow Root in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Tuvaksheeri, Tugaksheeri

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

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

Hindi: Tikhor.

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:

To treat bowel complaints, to get energy and vigor.

Chemical contents:

Vitamin A, demulcent properties.

Medicinal properties:


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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