Botanical Description of - Saccharum officinarum (Sugar Cane)
BOTONICAL NAME : Saccharum officinarum
STRUCTURE: The cane plant is a coarse growing member of the grass family with juice or sap high in sugar content. This tropical plant is ready in 11-18 months
Stem :The mature stems may vary from 4 to 12 feet or more The stem has joints or nodes as in other grasses. These range from 4 to 10 inches apart along the aboveground section of the stem. At each node a broad leaf rises which consists of a sheaf or base and the leaf blade.
Leaf :The leaf blade is very long and narrow, varying in width from 1 to 3 inches and up to 5 feet or more in length. Also, at each node along the stem is a bud, protected under the leaf sheath.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION : Contains sugar, water, calcium alkaloid, allbumin
Ayurvedic Description of Ikshu - Saccharum officinarum (Sugar Cane)
SANSKRIT NAME : Ikshu, Dheerghacchada, Bhurirasa, Asipatra, Madhutruna, Gudamula
LOCAL NAMES(in India) :Ganna (Hindi), Ikshu (Bengali), Hus (Marathi), sugarcane (English), Karumbu (Tamil), kabbu (Kannada), Sheradi (Gujarati)
Guna :- guru,snigdha
Rasa :- madhura
Vipaka :- madhura
KARMA (Action) :
KARMA (Action) Increases kapha normalize vata & pitta. It is a good aphrodisiacs & galactogauge diuretic. This is recommended in nursing mothers, Erectile Dysfunction, general weakness, constipation & jaundices.
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