Scientific name of Pluchea: Pluchea lanceolata/Berthelotia lanceolata

Name of Pluchea-Rasna in different languages:-

English: Rasna, Camphorweed, Indian Camphorweed, Indian Fleabane

Sanskrit:रसना Rasna, Rasya, Sreyasi, suvaha, Elaparni, सुरभी Surabhi, युक्ता yukta

Hindi: Phaar

Tamil: Arattai, Sittarattai

Malayalam: Rasna

Plant description:

It is grown as a weed, undershrub, grows up to 1.5 m tall, branched, color whitish or greyish. Leaves are long, leathery, lance-shaped, sessile, 1 to 7 cm long and 0.3 to 2 cm wide, a tiny point at the apex, the margin is entire, toothed at the tip. Flowers are purplish, bell-shaped,up to 5 mm in diameter, arranged in in clusters at branch end, flowering season March to August. The fruits are small, white, linear, hairless, seeds are single.

Medicinal uses:

Inflammations,bronchitis, psoriasis, swellings of joint, arthritis, rheumatism and neurological diseases cough, piles.

Medicinal properties:

Antipyretic, analgesic, laxative and nervine tonic.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, leaf

Chemical contents:

Pinene, betapinene, Quercetin, terpineol, cinieol, limomine, Betaine hydrochloride, Isorhamentin.

It is used as an ingredient to prepare the Ayurveda medicines like:

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