Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Punarnava | Boerhaavia diffusa | Common hog-weed
Scientific name: Boerhaavia diffusa
Common name: Common hog-weed, Punarnava(Punarnava).
nature of Boerhaavia diffusa: a herb sperading on ground and partly erect. nodes swoeen, with ovate leaves on both sides. flowers very small and pink coloured, growing in clusters.
characteristics of Boerhaavia diffusa
Entire plant has pink colourations on stem.
Medicinal uses of Boerhaavia diffusa
Leaves and roots have medicinal properties.
the drug contains alkaloid "punarnavin"
.it is diuretic and used in the treatment of drohapsy and jaundice.
An ayurvedic preparation "punarnavasava" obtained from this plan.
status of Boerhaavia diffusa: fairly common.