Boerhaavia Diffusa is a flowering plant that is commonly known as punarnava which means rejuvenating or renewing the body. The other common names of the plant are tarvine, spreading hogweed and red spiderling. This herbal medicine is used to relieve pain and the leaves are used as a green vegetable in numerous parts of India.
CHARACTERISTICS OF BOERHAAVIA DIFFUSA
This widely dispersed plant is found all throughout India, southern parts of United States and the Pacific. The plant has small fruits which are sticky and grow only a few inches above the ground.
The common places where this tree can be found are Mexico, Argentina, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Florida, Guatemala and parts of Venezuela.
The plant is also used as a fodder for livestock and has the potential for contamination the seeds.
This herb is a weed that grows widely in across India. It is a creeper that usually grows up to the height of 2 to 3 meters. It has pink colored flowers and green colored oval shaped fruits. The herb had been noticed by villagers for bringing back to life a dead plant thus giving it the name of ‘The Renewer’. It is known to rejuvenate the cells of the body and eliminate excessive water from it. These benefits of the Boerhaavia Diffusa make it highly advantageous for the kidney and liver.
THERAPEUTIC POWERS OF THE BOERHAAVIA DIFFUSA
This medicinal plant is used to improve eyesight. It has diuretic properties which is useful in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. The Boerhaavia Diffusa has anti bacterial properties mainly against the common bacteria Gram negative. The extracts obtained from the leaves of the plant are known to contain antioxidants and hepatoprotective properties. This herb is also an anticancer, immunomodulatory, antiamoebic and antiestrogenic agent.
The ancient use of the plant includes relieving problems like epilepsy, hysteria, gastritis, jaundice, fever, convulsion, asthma, dysentery and diarrhea.
The herb has other benefits like:
- Helps in maintaining the functioning of the kidney
- Maintains health of the urinary tract
- It helps in improving the liver functioning and also the respiratory health
- It supports the body’s ability to expel the fluids from the body
- It the best known natural management for relieving the problem of weight loss.
The plant is rich in lignans, xanthones as well as rotenoids.
CARE FOR AILMENTS
The medicinal benefits of the plant include:
- Hepatoprotective activity
- Ca2+ channel antagonism
- Anti fibriyonotic activity
- Inhibition of bone resorption
- Diuretic action
- Excellent for the heart and kidney
- Keeps the skin healthy
- Relieves edema
- Balances the three doshas in the body.
- Relieve chest congestion
- Helps in preventing problems of the intestine
- Useful for diabetic patients
- Helps to prevent the breaking down of the blood clotting protein called fibrin
AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES OF THE HERB
- Guna: Laghu (light), Veeßa:Ushna(hoß, ruksha (dry) Vipaka: Madhur (sweet)
- Dosha: Pacifies the tridosha
- Rasa: Madhur (sweet), tikta (bitter), kashaya (astringent)
SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONARY TIPS FOR USING THIS HERB
It is safe to be used with proper clinical guidance as it might increase the blood pressure levels and affect the functioning of the heart. Any individual suffering from ethanol allergies must not use this herb
PLANET AYURVEDA PRODUCTS THAT USE THIS HERB
We at planet Ayurveda understand the value of the therapeutic properties of this herb and have used it in some of our products.
We at team Planet Ayurveda are constantly working on providing the best to our clients. We are happy to inform our users that we use only organically grown ingredients in our products. We endorse the thought of improving the health by natural mediums and hence do not use any chemical or preservative in the products. Our products are purely vegetarian and suitable for all ages. We do not practice or endorse the idea of testing our products on animals. Our teams of experienced herbalists are continually working on new and revolutionizing medicinal decoctions.