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Botanical Name :Saccharumspontaneum Linn.


According To Modern

Kingdom –Plantae

Order –Cyperales

Family –Poaceae

According To Ayurveda

Charak- Mutravirecaniyavarga


Sushruta- Trinapancamula

Bhavprakash- Guducyadivarga


Other Names :

Hindi: Kas, Kaans.

English: serio grass (Australia),thatch grass, tiger grass, wild cane

French: cannesauvage (Mauritania)

Bangladesh: kash

Cambodia: ampeon pixy

Egypt: boos; boos el-gezzair, boos giddawi,ghazar

Indonesia: glagah,tobioe

Japan: wase-abana,Nangokuwaseobana.

Madagascar: fary

Myanmar: thekkaygyee, thetkiakyn

Pakistan: kahi

Philippines: bobang, bugang, gigbau, sidda,talahib

Tamil: Naangal, Peykkarumpu.

Telugu: Vettiicheraku

Thailand: phong

Venezuela: canauba

Khmer: ‘âm’pëupréi.

Malay: Tebrauputih, Gelagah (Indonesia), Glagah (Java), Tebusalah.

Malayalam: Nannana, Kusa.

Vietnamese: Co’lách.

Thai: Phong, Lao.

Chinese: Tian gen zicao.


General Information :

Habit – tall erect grass reaching upto 15 ft. in height, stem- erect from a stout root stock, solid. Leaves- 30 to 75 cm long, 3 to 6 mm wide, narrowly linear, rigid, coriaceous. Inflorescence- long Panicle, 20 to 60 cm long, lanceolate, silky-hairy, Spikelets 4 mm long, lanceolate, glumes are 4 in number.


Properties (Gunadharma)

Rasa-Madhura, Tikta

Vipak- Madhura

Virya- Sheeta

Guna-Laghu, Snigdha


Specific Parts :



Doshaghnata :



Shloka’s :

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Benefits :

Mutrakrichra (Dysuria)

Trina Pancamula Decoction i.e.Kusa (Desmostachyabipinnata), kasa (Sacharumspontaneum), Sara (Saccharummunja), Darbha (Imperatacylindrica) and Iksu (Saccharumofficinarum) is beneficial in Mutrakrichra (Dysuria) Originated by Pitta dosa.

Apasmara (Epilepsy

kasa (Saccharumspontaneum) Vidari (Peureriatuberosa), Iksu (Saccharumofficinarum) and Kusa (desmostacheyabipnnata) process milk is beneficial in Apasmara (Epilepsy).

Kidney Stones

Take three leaved Caper bark, Land Caltrops, Kasha and horse gram in equal quantity.

In Siddha, the whole plant is used for diseases of vatam and pittam, vomiting and various abdominal disorders, mental diseases, dyspnea, anemia and obesity.

equal quantities of fresh roots of Cynodondactylon and Saccharumspontaneumpaste is given with cow’s milk and sugar for leucorrhea, early morning for one month.



Formulation (Kalp) :





Dosage :

Quath – 40 to 80  ml.


Chemical composition:

The dried grass yields reducing sugars along with glucose, xylose, galactose and rhamnose.

Research Corner :

The industrialization of lignocellulose conversion is impeded by expensive cellulose enzymes required for saccharification in bioethanol production. Current research undertakes cellulose production from pretreated Saccharumspontaneum through Trichoderma viride HN1 under submerged fermentation conditions, Pretreatment of substrate with 2% NaOHresulated in 88% delignification.

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