Boerhaavia diffusa - Ayervedic Herb

Habitat: Grows as common weed.

Useful Parts: Root, leaves and seeds.

Medicinal Uses: According to Ayurveda, Punarnava is bitter, cooling, astringent to bowels, useful in biliousness, blood impurities, leucorrhoea, anaemia, inflammations, heart diseases, asthma, alternatives etc.

The leaves are useful in dyspepsia, tumours, spleen enlargement, abdominal pains. According to Unani system of medicine, the leaves are appetizer, alexiteric, useful in opthalmia, in joint pains. Seeds are tonic expectorant, carminative, useful in lumbago, scabies.

The seeds are considered as promising blood purifier.

Traditional Medicinal Uses: In many parts of India, different parts of Punarnava are used as folk medicine.

Ayurveda Properties: Punarnavastaka, Punaravataila, Punarnavaleha etc.

Chemical Constituents: Punarnava contains b-Sitosterol, a-2-sitosterol, palmitic acid, ester of b-sitosterol, tetracosanoic, hexacosonoic, stearic, arachidic acid, urosilic acid, Hentriacontane, b-Ecdysone, triacontanol etc.

Internet Resources:

Traditional medicinal knowledge about useful herb Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa, family Nyctaginaceae) in Chhattisgarh Plains, India

http://botanical.com/site/column_poudhia/138_punarnava.html

Effect of different Homoeopathic drugs prepared from common weeds on radial growth of Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus membranaceus) under in vitro conditions

http://botanical.com/site/column_poudhia/99_mushroom.html

See article below on use with radiation

Posted 1/08


Protective Effects of Boerhaavia diffusa L. Against Radiation—Induced Damage

Integrative Cancer Therapies, December 2007


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