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Zakham-e-Hayat, Bud Mawa.

Bergenia ciliata (Haw.)Sternb.
Synonym:
Plant Family:
Saxifragaceae.
Habit & Habitat:
A perennial rhizomatous herb, up to 40 cm tall, found in temperate, sub-alpine and alpine zones.
Plant Description:
It is rock loving plant, always found in fissures of rocks, never in open soil. Leaves simple, dark green, glabrous to hairy, more or less orbicular or broadly obovate, margin ciliate. Inflorescence a one sided raceme or corymbose. Flower actinomorphic, pink or pink-white. Sepals-5, oblong. Petals-5. Fruit a capsule. Seed elongated, brown.
Flowering and Fruiting:
February-April.
Harvesting Time:
September-December.
Medicinal Value:
Locally it is used for stomach weakness, ulcers and wounds (particularly for those wounds which are difficult to heal). Local tea of Zakham-e-Hayat is famous for stomach and wound healing. It removes kidney and bladder stones and has diuretic, digestive and antiseptic properties. It is used in powder, tea, infusion, decoction and paste forms.
Part Used:
Whole plant.
Occurrence:
Common at rocky slopes.
Future Perspective:
Conservation, Collection, Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy, Allopathic Pharmacy.
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