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Synonym ► Andropogon sorghum Brot.

Family ► Gramineae; Poaceae.

Habitat ► Cultivated throughout warmer parts of India.

English ► Sorghum, Broomcorn.

Ayurvedic ► Yaava-naala.

Siddha/Tamil ► Makkaseelam.

Folk ► Jowaar, Paneraa.

Action ► Grains—demulcent, diuretic. A confection of grains and Foeniculum vulgare seeds is used as a galactagogue. Sorghum is inferior to wheat.

About 80% of sorghum in India belongs to the race Durra (Sorghum durra (Frosk.) Stapf.).

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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