|Name: Red Hogweed
Name: Boerhavia diffusa, Boerhavia
procumbens, Boerhavia repens
Names: Red Hogweed, Spreading Hogweed, Beshakapore, Lal Punarvava, Punarvava, Raktpunarnava (red)
This herb is found in India.
This is one of the prized ayurvedic herbs.
It contains an alkaloid
punarnavine. The herb is a diuretic that acts on the glomeruli of the
kidney through increasing the heart-beats and strengthening and raising
the blood pressure as a result.
Used: Herb, root
bitter, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic,
expectorant, laxative, rejuvenative, stomachic
Root- anthelmintic, febrifuge, purgative
nervous system disorders
rat and snake bites
All the actions of the read
mentioned above plus
The decoction of the root
is taken as a remedy in rheumatism, impure blood, cough, asthma, hernia,
dropsy, chest-pain, piles, and swellings. It is also used for gonorrhea,
and internal inflammations.
Juice, decoction, infusion, powder, paste, oil, sugar water, or honey paste
No information about the safety of this herb is available.
Use caution. Ayurvedic herbs are often taken in combination with others to neutralize the toxicity one herb with the opposing effect of other. Do not take except under the supervision of a qualified professional.
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