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There are numerous medicinal plants in current use in Thailand. Ayurvedic medicine and Thai traditional medicine, each finding many uses and deserving to be exhibited to the enthusiasts who wish to know about the characteristics of its stem, flower, fruit together with the research work undertaken, it is impossible to exhibit all, or even the majority, of them. For this reason some common medicinal plants which received research attention both locally and internationally have been selected. In addition, some which have so far attracted little attention from researchers have also been included owing to their recognition in Ayurvedic Medicine and traditional medicine in Thailand as well as some Asian countries.

The information has been searched from the literature, selected and edited in order to be presented in this site, which will familiarize the reader with general characters of such plants. No botanical details are given owing to the nature of this work and also to limited space. Sketches of the plants, however, are given to enable the reader to recognize them. It should be noted that all Thai, Sanskrit, Latin and English common names of the plants appearing in this site are transliterated into English with the sound in mind, and not according to the official rules. In addition, owing to the limited space the traditional usage of each plant is meant to be representative, and by no means comprehensive.

Ayurveda Herbs - Thai Herbs Common Name   E
  • Eagle vine
  • Early flowering periwinkle
  • Earthsmoke
  • Easter giant
  • Echinacea
  • Eglantine gall
  • Ela
  • Elachi
  • Elder
  • Elderberry
  • Elecampane
  • Elecampane flower
  • Eleuthero
  • Elfdock
  • Elfwort
  • Ellanwood
  • Ellhorn
  • Emblic myrobalan
  • Emetic herb
  • Emetic weed
  • Endive
  • English valerian
  • Englishman's foot
  • Ephedra
  • Ephedra
  • Equisetum
  • Eranda
  • Estragon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Eupatorium
  • Euphorbia kansui
  • European alder
  • European ash
  • European avens
  • European barberry
  • European black alder
  • European black alder
  • European buckthorn
  • European buckthorn
  • European Centaury
  • European elder
  • European ephedra
  • European five finger grass
  • European Pennyroyal
  • European red raspberry
  • European sanicle
  • European Skullcap
  • European Willow
  • Evening Primrose
  • Eye balm
  • Eye root
  • Eye-bright
  • Eyebright
Ayurvedic Herbs English Name   E
  • Eagle Wood Tree
  • East Indian Globe Thistle
  • East Indian Lotus
  • Ebony Tree
  • Egyptian Privet
  • Egyptian Rattle Pod
  • Elephant Creeper
  • Emblic Myrobalan
  • English Garden Marigold
  • Eucalyptus

 

Ayurvedic Herbs Latin/Scientific Name  E

 

Ayurvedic Herbs Sanskrit Name  E

 

Latin Names :

Eclipta prostrata / Eclipta alba

Sanskrit / Indian Names :

Bhringaraja, Kesharaja, Kesharanjana

Eclipta prostrataEclipta alba is an erect or prostrate, much branched, strigosely hirsute, annual herb often rooting at the nodes, with opposite and sessile, leaves.

Its principal constituent is the herb which contains wedelolactone and demethyl wedelolactone. The herb is used as a tonic and deobstruent in hepatic and splenic enlargements and in skin diseases. The plant juice is administered in combination with aromatics for catarrhal jaundice. The fresh juice leaves is applied on the scalp for promoting hair growth. The plant possesses antihepatotoxic and anti-inflammatory activities. The fresh plant is considered anodyne and absorbent.

Latin Name :

Elettaria cardamomum

English Names :

Cardamom, Lesser Cardamom

Sanskrit / Indian Name :

Ela

Elettaria cardamomumA tall, herbaceous perennial with branching subterranean rootstock, from which arise a number of upright leafy shoots.

In medicine, it is used as an adjuvant to carminative drugs. It is official in the British and U.S. pharmacopoeias and used as an aromatic stimulant, carminative and flavoring agent.

Cardamom owes its aroma and therapeutic properties to the volatile oil present in the seeds. The major components of the oil are 1,8-cineole and terpinyl acetate. Volatile components of cardamom exhibit antimicrobial activity. The oil has anti-aflatoxin substances.

In herbal medicine, cardamom is chewed slowly to sweeten the breath, as aphrodisiac, to soothe digestion, stimulate the appetite, used against flatulence, colic and disorders of the body, often combined with purgatives to offset griping.

It is also reported to possess anti-inflammatory, analgesic and cardiotonic properties.

Latin Name :

Embelia ribes

English Names :

False Black Pepper, False Pepper

Sanskrit / Indian Names :

Krimighna, Tandula, Vidanga

Embelia ribesEmbelia ribes is a large scandent shrub with slender branches and gland-dotted leaves.

Its principal constituents are embelin, quercitol and fatty ingredients. An alkaloid, christembine, a resinoid, tannins and minute quantities of a volatile oil are present. The dried fruit is considered antihelmentic, astringent, carminative, alterative and stimulant. It has been used in India since ancient times, as an antihelmentic. It is effective in the treatment of ascariasis. The dried fruits are used in decoction for fevers and for diseases of the chest and skin. The fruit also shows antibacterial activity.

Latin Name :

Emblica officinalis

English Name :

Indian Gooseberry

Sanskrit / Indian Name :

Amalaki

Emblica officinalisEmblica officinalis is a deciduous tree with exfoliating bark. Its fruit contains the highest amount of vitamin C in natural form and cytokine-like substances identified as zeatin, z.riboside, z.nucleotide.

Its fruit is acrid, cooling, refrigerant, diuretic, laxative and used in the preparation of hair dyes. A fixed oil extracted from the fruits is reported to have the property of promoting hair growth. The dried fruit is useful in hemorrhage, diarrhea and dysentery. It has anabolic, antibacterial, expectorant, cardiotonic, antipyretic, antioxidative, antiviral, anti-emetic and resistance building properties and used in the treatment of leucorrhea and arteriosclerosis.

It is antibacterial and its astringent properties prevent infection and help in the healing of ulcers. It is used as a laxative to relieve constipation in piles.

 

Latin Name :

Eucalyptus globulus

English Name :

Eucalyptus, Tasmanian Blue Gum Tree

Sanskrit / Indian Names :

Tailapatra, Tailaparna, Sugandhapatra

Eucalyptus globulusEucalyptus globulus is a large tree attaining a height of 300 ft. or more, with opposite and sessile leaves on juvenile shoots under forest conditions.

The leaves and terminal branchlets of E. globulus grown in Nilgiris yield 0.9-1.2% of a pale yellow essential oil containing cineole as a major component.
Eucalyptus oil is used locally as an antiseptic, especially in the treatment of infections of the upper respiratory tract, and in certain skin diseases. It is found to have potent pain relieving and anti-inflammatory action. Mixed with an equal amount of olive oil, it is useful as a rubefacient for rheumatism, which help in reducing joint swelling. It is also used in ointments for burns. Internally it is used as a stimulating expectorant in chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is frequently given by inhalation.

Latin Name :

Evolvulus alsinoides

Sanskrit / Indian Name :

Vishnukrantha

Evolvulus alsinoidesThe plant is a hairy perennial herb with spreading wiry branches arising from a small woody rootstock.

The plant is bitter and is used as a tonic and febrifuge.

 

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