Thursday, March 19, 2009

Musa paradisiaca Linn.

English Name : Edible Banana, Plantain

Family : Musaceae

A tropical tree-like herb, with large leaves of which the overlapping bases form the so-called false trunk. Fully grown, the stem reaches a height of 10 - to 30 feet. From the center of the crown spring the flowers. Only female flowers develop into a banana fruit that vary in length from about 4 - 12 inches.

Warmer areas of India

Parts Used : Root, fruit, stem and plant

Herb Effects
Laxative (fruit)

Active Ingredients
Arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine, serotonin, dopamine, norepinepherine, malic acid and catecholamine (plant)

Medicinal Use
Blood disorders (stem juice and root); in dysentery and diarrhea,promotes the healing of intestinal lesion in ulcerative colitis (fruit); useful in diabetes, uremia, nephritis, gout, hypertension and cardiac diseases (ripe fruit); for dysentery (flower juice).


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