Botanical Name Physalis alkekengi
Family Solanaceae (nightshade family)
Origin Asia and Europe
Description Physalis alkekengi is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows up to 60 cm tall. It has orange-red, lantern-shaped fruit that encloses small yellowish-white berries. The leaves are heart-shaped and have serrated edges. The plant also produces small, bell-shaped flowers that are white or light pink in color.
Parts Used The fruit and leaves of Physalis alkekengi are used for medicinal purposes.
Dose The dose of Physalis alkekengi depends on the preparation and intended use. Consult a healthcare practitioner or an Ayurvedic practitioner for proper dosage instructions

Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Physalis alkekengi is used in various Ayurvedic formulations, such as Triphala churna and Amalaki rasayana.
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) There is no specific antidote for Physalis alkekengi poisoning. In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical attention immediately.
Ayurvedic Properties Guna (Quality): Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry)
Rasa (Taste): Kashaya (astringent), Madhura (sweet)
Vipak (Metabolism): Madhura (sweet)
Virya (Potency): Ushna (hot)
Prabhav (Impact): Medohara (reduces fat)
Other Names Sanskrit: Rasakarani, Raktaphala
Hindi: Bichu phal, Makoya, Chhota amrud
Bengali: Lakuchi
Kannada: Hebbagilu
Malayalam: Mulluva
Marathi: Raktaphala
Oriya: Lakhua
Tamil: Pallankuzhi
Telugu: Raktaphalamu


Distribution Physalis alkekengi is native to Asia and Europe, but it has been introduced to other parts of the world and is now widely distributed. It grows in temperate regions and is often found in gardens and as a decorative plant.
Pharmacognosy Physalis alkekengi contains various bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, alkaloids, and terpenoids. It has been used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antitumor, and antiviral properties.
Cultivation Physalis alkekengi is easy to grow and can be propagated by seeds or by dividing the rootstock. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.
Physical Constituents Physalis alkekengi contains vitamins A and C, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, and potassium.
Chemical Constituents The fruit and leaves of Physalis alkekengi contain various bioactive compounds, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, alkaloids, and terpenoids


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