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Family: Combretaceae (rangoon creeper family)
Genus: Terminalia
Botanical name: Terminalia arjuna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit:
Hindi: Arjuna, Kahu
English: Arjun terminalia, White murda
Malayalam: Neermaruthu
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
The a Neermaruthu is about 20–25 metres tall; usually has a buttressed trunk, and forms a wide canopy at the crown, from which branches drop downwards. It has oblong, conical leaves which are green on the top and brown below; smooth, grey bark; it has pale yellow flowers which appear between March and June; its glabrous, 2.5 to 5 cm fibrous woody fruit, divided into five wings, appears between September and November.
Bark is used in the treatment of heart diseases as a cardiac tonic and as antidot to poison. In studies in mice, its leaves have been shown to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also used in leprosy and neural pains.
Neermaruthu
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