Scientific Name  Vanda tessellata  (Roxb.) Hook ex Don (=V.roxburghii R.BR.) <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

 

Family Orchidaceaae 

 

Used Part     Root.

 

Distribution Area  An epiphytic orchid, 30-60 cm. high, found from Uttar Pradesh to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />West Bengal, extending southwards to Kerala.

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Common Uses . The root is a bitter heating alexiteric, antipyretic, useful in dyspepsia, bronchitis in lammations, rheumatic  pains, diseases of the abdomen, hiccough, tremors. In Yunani system root is used as tonic to the liver and brain ; good for bronchitis, piles, lumbago toothache, boils of the scalp; lessens inflammation; heals fractures.  The root is said to be fragrant, bitter and useful in rheumatism and allied disorder, in which it is prescribed in a variety of forms.

 

It also enters the composition of several medicated oils for external application in rheumatism and diseases of the nervous system. In Chota Nagpur, the leaves pounded and made into a paste are applied to the body during fever and the juice is introduced into the aural meatus as a remedy for oitis media.  A compound decoction of this root is being administered in  a case of hemiplegia as the Indian physicians consider it useful in all nervous diseases and rheumatism. 

 

The leaves are pounded and the paste is applied to the body to bring   down fever; their juice is dropped in the ear for the treatment of   otitis and other inflammatory conditions. The roots are used in   dyspepsia, bronchitis rheumatism, and also in fever; they are reported   to possess antibacterial and antitubercular properties. The roots enter   into the preparation of medicated oils, used externally in rheumatism  and nervous troubles. The herb is also used for sciatica. The leaves  are used by the Santal girls for making anklets.