Desmostachya bipinnata

Botanical Name : Desmostachya bipinnata
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Desmostachya
Species: D. bipinnata
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Poales

Common Names: Halfa grass, Big cordgrass, and Salt reed-grass.  In India it is known by many names, including: Daabh, Dharba, Kusha, etc

Habitat : Desmostachya bipinnata is native to northeast and west tropical, and northern Africa (in Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan, and Tunisia); and countries in the Middle East, and temperate and tropical Asia (in Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand

Description:
A perennial grass grows up to 50 cm in height. Leaves many, long, acute, linear, with hispid margins, panicle erect, clothed with sessile spikelets; grains small, ovoid, trigonos and laterally compressed.
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Medicinal Uses:
In Ayurveda  Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, diarrhea, dysentery, menorrhagia, jaundice, skin diseases, burning sensation and excessive perspiration

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Ayurvedic Applications: Root-dysentery, menorrhagia, other bleeding disorders like hemorrhoids, purpura, etc.  Used as an infusion

In folk medicine, Desmostachya bipinnata has been used variously to treat dysentery and menorrhagia, and as a diuretic.

Other Uses:
Religious Uses:
Desmostachya bipinnata has long been used in various traditions as a sacred plant. According to early Buddhist accounts, it was the material used by Buddha for his meditation seat when he attained enlightenment.[8] The plant was mentioned in the Rig Veda for use in sacred ceremonies and also as a seat for priests and the Gods.[9] Kusha grass is specifically recommended by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita as part of the ideal seat for meditation.[10]

OtherIn arid regions, Desmostachya bipinnata has been used as fodder for domesticed livestock

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://enchantingkerala.org/ayurveda/ayurvedic-medicinal-plants/darbha.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmostachya_bipinnata
http://www.wildflowers.co.il/english/plant.asp?ID=664
http://www.flowersinisrael.com/Desmostachyabipinnata_page.htm
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_RST.htm?Voucher2=Connect+to+Internet

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