Boerhaavia procumbens Banks ex Roxb

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Local Name/

Itsit/Red Hogweed

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Part Used:

Whole plant


A small herb, found in waste places in clay loamy soil.

Boerhavia Procumbens Plant

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Diseases Cured: Ethnobotanical

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Pakistan: Hazara, Swat, Malakan, Murree Hills, Margalla Hills, Attock, Rawalpindi, and Kaghan areas. World: tropical Africa, tropical and subtropical Asia and America.

A tall prostrate, diffuse herb up to 1 m in length. Root large, fusiform; stems usually several, prostrate or ascending, branched, slender, cylindric, thickened at the nodes, minutely pubescent or nearly glabrous. Leaves long, broadly ovate or suborbicular, rounded at the apex, green and glabrous above, green or white beneath, the margins entire. Flowers small and pink (Fig. 3.28).

125 g of fresh plant material is collected daily by men and women 20-40 years old, in summer (April-September). Then it is cleaned and washed in water 2-3 times and cut into small 1-2-in. pieces.

125 g of fresh plant material is boiled daily in 3 cups (750 mL) of water, with 2-3 tsp (20-25 g) of sugar added to it. When 2 cups (500 mL) of water is left, the water is filtered. Given to patients suffering from jaundice, constipation, and internal inflammation. For children, 2 tsp (15 mL) of decoction (at one time) is given 2-3 times per day for 8-10 days. For adults, xh cup (125 mL) of decoction (at one time) is given 2-3 times per day for 10-15 days.

Jaundice, constipation, and internal inflammation.

The plant is also used as fodder for cattle, goats, and sheep.

Alkaloid punaranavine [30]._

Transverse Secton Bergenia Ciliata
Fig. 3.29 Bombax ceiba Linn

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