Synonym:Raphanus napus (L.) Crantz
Bengali/Vernacular name:Maghi sarisha, Maghi, Tori.
English name:Colza, Cole seed, Rape.
Description of the plant: An annual herb, 30-150 cm tall. Lower leaves ovate, oblong or lanceolate, 5-25 cm long, pinnately lobed or lyrate, sometimes undivided, petiolate, rounded at the apex, subtruncate at the base, broadly crenate or dentate, upper leaves sessile, lanceolate, 8 cm long, apex acute, shallowly cordate at the base, entire or dentate. Racemes 15-40 flowered, laxly corymbose, 5-50 cm long, flowers pale yellow. Fruit a siliqua, 2-locular, linear, terete or slightly 4-angled.
Plant parts used: Seed, root.
Herbal uses:Paste prepared from the seeds of the plant is applied to the infected skin twice a day until the leprosy is cured.
A fresh juice extracted from the roots of the plant is taken for the treatment of chronic cough and bronchial catarrh.
A powder made with the seeds of the plant is taken to treat cancer.
A paste made with the seeds of the plant is applied to the affected area for the treatment of rheumatism and stiff joints.
Seed oil is taken once a day (5 ml amount) until the filariasis is cured.
A tooth powder made with the seeds of the plantis used for brushing the teeth twice a day until the gingivitis is cured.
Distribution:This species is cultivated all over the country.
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