Punarnava (Rakta)

Latin Name

Boerhavia diffusa

English Name

Spreading hogweed

Sanskrit Name

(पुनर्नवा (रक्त्त))

Part Used

The whole plant

Effect on Dosha

Balances all three doshas

Properties and Uses

It acts as an effective diuretic hence popularly used to treat oedematous conditions. It is used as supplementary in the treatment of cardiac disorders and anemia to reduce oedema. It relieves flatulence and has mild laxative action. It is used in remittent fever. It is also used in menorrhagia. It has overall nourishing effect and hence used in general debility.

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