Equisetum debile Roxb

Family Name:


Local Name/

English Name: Spore Period: Part Used: Conservation

Status: Habit/Habitat:


Satgandi booti/Chinese herb, horsetail


Whole plant


A wild perennial herb, mostly found in the banks of streams, nallahs, in sandy and swampy soil.

Pakistan: Chitral, Dras, Swat, Hazara, Murree, and Kashmir. World: India, Sri Lanka, Himalaya, Nepal, Burma, Taiwan, Hainan, New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji (Viti Levu), Philippines, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, peninsular Malaysia (Gunung Ulu Kali and near Raub, Pahan), Borneo (Mt. Kinabalu, etc.), Thailand, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Sulawesi, and Moluccas.

Fig. 3.2 Equisetum debile Roxb

Fiji Medicinal Plants

Family Name: Equisetaceae

Description: Main plant body differentiated into root, stem, and leaves.

Roots thin, fibrous, much branched, underground arising in whorls from each node of underground rhizome. Stem underground dark brown rhizome, creeping, much branched, and differentiated into nodes and internodes. Arial shoots green, angular, stiff, and rough arise from nodes and grow upward and bear nodes and internodes. Leaves small, brown, simple, scale-like, and arise in whorls from each node of rhizome and aerial branches (Fig. 3.2).

Medicinal Uses:

Collection: 100-150 g of fresh plant material is collected daily by women

25-40 years old, in summer (April-July). Then it is cleaned and washed in water 2-3 times and cut into small 1-2-in. pieces.

Family Name: Equisetaceae

Recipes: 100 g of fresh plant material and 20-25 g sugar are ground together for 5-6 min. Then 1 cup (250 mL) of water is mixed with it. This mixture is filtered with a piece of cloth and given to patients suffering from jaundice, liver, and intestinal inflammation. For children, 1 cup (250 mL) of drug (at one time) is given once daily, before breakfast, for 7-8 days. For adults, 1 cup (250 mL) of drug (at one time) is given once daily, before breakfast, for 10-15 days.

Diseases Cured: Jaundice and intestinal inflammation.

Phytochemicals: Moisture, ash, lipid, protein, carbohydrates, Na, K, Ca, P, Cb, Cu, Ni, Zn, Cr, ascorbic acid, folic acid, niacin [2].

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  • venla
    How is Equisetum debile consumed?
    2 years ago

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