Flowers all over the world have been known to possess medicinal powers since ancient times. We have discussed the healthful properties of pure henna many times on our blog and why is it frequently recommended by dermatologists as an alternative to using chemical hair color dye. However, to underscore the fact that many natural flowering plants can still contribute to our well-being, in varying posts, let’s consider a few flowers of India and their medicinal attributes.
Botanical name: Andrographis paniculata. Hindi Name: Kariyat, Kalpanath. Common Name in English: Green chirayta, creat, king of bitters, andrographis, India Echinacea
Kariyat is an annual herb with an extremely bitter taste in every part of the plant. It is also known as ‘Maha-tita’, meaning literally ‘king of bitters’. In fact, it is one of the most bitter plants used in traditional medicine. It grows to a height of one to four feet in moist shady places. It has smooth leaves and white flowers with rose-purple spots on the petals.
Since ancient times, it has been used to boost the immune system. The extract has also been used to dry nasal passages of cold sufferers. It also is believed to possess the following properties: antibiotic, antimalarial, antihepatatic, antithrombogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-snake venom and antipyretic. Additionally, in Siddha medicine, it is widely used, traditionally to treat chikenguinea, swine-flu and typhoid fevers.
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