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Scientific name of Forssk - Coleus zeylanicus 

Name of Forssk in different languages:

English: Hribera

Sanskrit: Hruberam, Ambu,  Ambas   

Hindi: Hariveera, Valaka

Malayalam: Iruvely - ഇരുവേലി

Plant description:

It is an annual herb growing up to 1 m tall, commonly found in fertile soil, leaves are green and heart shaped and hairy sized 4 inches long and 2.5 inches wide, stems are violet in color, it is aromatic.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Cordate Margin-serrated Venation-Cross venulated
 Cordate-heartshaped  Margin_Serrated--Forward-teething  Venation-Cross-venulate

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Medicinal uses:

To treat indigestion, diorriah, fever, rheumatic arthritis, cough, cold. Its extract oil is a used to repel mosquito.

How to prepare medicines:

Leaves boil in water and inhale the vapor is better to reduce the cough and cold.

Forssk is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Drakshadi Kashayam

Elakanadi Kashayam

Vatsakadi Kashayam


Eladi Thailam

Ganda Thailam


Drakshadi kashayam


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