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Black Horsegram

The scientific name of Horse gram: Dolichos biflorus Linn.

Name of Horse gram in different languages:-

English: Cowpea, Horse gram

Sanskrit: Kulatha

Hindi: Kulthi

Tamil: Kaanam, Kollu

Malayalam: Karutha Muthira-കറുത്ത മുതിര 

Plant description:

It is annual herb, sub-erect or trailing many branched; leaves are arranged alternately, stipulate, trifoliate, and ovate, up to 5. cm long, flowers are in axillaries, color yellow, 1.8 cm. long; contain 5 to 6 seeds are shining black, in pods, size up to 5.0 cm long, ellipsoid and flattened.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate
 Ovate-tapered  Margin_Entire  Recticulate

Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

To treat Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, piles, colic, epitasis, hiccup, abdominal lump, bronchial asthma flatulence, ulcer etc.

Chemical content:

Linoleic acid coumesterol, glycoproticin, psoraliding; dolichin A and dolichin B, 2-hydroxy-genistein, β-sitosterol, coumesterol, delbergiodin, genistein, isoferreirin, keivitone, phaseollidin, pyranoside.

How to prepare medicines:

10-15 seeds boiled in one glass of water and kept it for a night, in the early morning drank it in empty stomach. Repeat this for one week and stop for one week and the repeat the process for one week, then check the cholesterol.

One of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like:-


Dhanwantharam kashayam

Dhanwantharam Kuzhambu

Rasandasamoola Grutham

Dhanwantharam Thailam

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