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Indian Globe Thist

Scientific name of Indian Globe Thistle: Echinops echinatus

Name of Indian Globe Thist in different languages:

Sanskrit: Usnakantaka

Hindi: Utakatira, Oontkateli, Gokhru, Brahmadanti

Malayalam: Utkandam-ഉത്കണ്ടകം

Plant Description

Indian Globe Thistle is an upright, branched herb growing up to 1 m. high. It branching from the base, covered with white cottony hair. Leaves are alternately arranged, pinnate and sized 7-12 cm long. Flower are white, occur in solitary white spherical balls, about 3 to 5 cm across. Flowering period is December-January.

Useful plant parts:

leaves, fruit, roots and bark

Medicinal uses:

To treat Sexual debility, chronic arthritis, increase in the prostatic / body weight ratio induced by testosterone

Medicinal properties:

Antipyretic, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, reproductive, hepatoprotective and wound-healing.

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