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Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Senna
Botanical name: Senna alexandrina
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Markandika, Bhumivalli
Hindi: Senn, Sonamukhi
English: Indian Senna, Alexandrian Senna
Malayalam: Nilavaka, Nilavaga
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Nilavaka is a shrubby plant that reaches 0.5–1, rarely two, metres in height with a branched, pale-green erect stem and long spreading branches bearing four or five pairs of leaves. These leaves form complex, feathery, mutual pairs. The leaflets vary from 4 to 6 pairs, fully edged, with a sharp top. The midribs are equally divided at the base of the leaflets. The flowers are in a raceme interio blossoms, big in size, coloured yellow that tends to brown. Its legume fruit are horned, broadly oblong, compressed and flat and contain about six seeds.
The medicinal plant Nilavaga is used for treating anemia, bronchitis, dysentery, fevers, hemorrhoids, constipation, jaundice, dermatitis, weight-loss, wounds and ringworms, and as laxative and blood cleansing agent.
Nilavaka
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