Health benefits of Punarnava Herb

In Ayurvedic science,  Spreading hogweed is a most popular herbal plant in  India and an excellent plant that rejuvenates our body. In Hindi it is  popularly known as 'Punarnava' . Spreading hogweed mostly found in Africa, America, Brazil, china, Myanmar, and  India. It grows almost every part of our country. It's tiny beautiful small flower looks pink in color, and green color oval shaped knotted fruits which make easier to find this plant.This entire plant is edible and easily available. Usually, it grows up to the height of 2 to 3 meter with lots of branches. The leaves are small and generally arranged opposite to each other.It's also popularly known as detox plant which removes all the toxins from our body. It is known to be the very good  remedy for treating obesity .


•    General name- Spreading hogweed
•    Family- Nyctaginaceae
•    Latin name- Boerhavia diffusa
•    English name- Spreading Hogweed, Horse Purslane
•    Botanical name- Boerhavia diffusa
•    In Hindi-Purnanava
•    In Assamese-Pononua
•    Kingdom-Plantae

Chemical constituents-

    B-sitosterol, a-2-sitosterol, palmitic acid, hexacosonoic, stearic, arachidic acid, urosilic acid, Oxalicacid, D- glucose, Punarnavoside, alkaloid named punanarvine and also potassium nitrate, ester of b-sitosterol, tetracosanoic, Hentriacontane, b-Ecdysone, triacontanol, hypoxanthine 9-L-arabinofuranoside boeravine, etc.

Part  used: 

seed, leaf, root, whole plant

Health benefits of  Spreading hogweed:

1.    Spreading hogweed plant is very useful for treating all kind of kidney disorder.A decoction of the whole plant reduces the level of urea in the body significantly. It’s a very good diuretic too.

2.     This plant is very useful for our eyes.  Its used in the treatment of glaucoma, night blindness, conjunctivitis, irritation in the eyes. It is also very good for those who loss vision gradually. Hogweed root with honey if its used as an eyeliner very effective for redness of the eye.

3.    Spreading hogweed is a mild laxative, which used in the treatment of constipation.

4.    A decoction of entire plant of Spreading hogweed is used in relieving chronic insomnia. This makes you sleep better. It decoction also reduces swelling.

5.    Research suggests that Spreading hogweed has  Antioxidant property, Anti-inflammatory property, Antibacterial property, Anti-cancerous property, Antiestrogenic activity, Antiamebic properties etc.

6.    This herb used in the treatment of anemia., also act as a blood purifier .

7.    It helps to improve the overall function of the heart, so add Spreading hogweed into your regular diet.

8.    The leaves of leaves of Spreading hogweed are cooked in the form of a curry or chutney and taken daily, can be used for treatment of  skin allergies like itching, rashes, etc.

9.    This herb is also used to improve the liver function and detoxify it also helps in the treatment of jaundice.

10.    Spreading hogweed leaf extract significantly decreases glucose levels in blood and in turn increases plasma insulin levels. Therefore this plant is very useful for diabetes.

11.    Punarnavine, an alkaloid present in  Spreading hogweed is believed to be an anti-cancer agent.

12.    Chewing Spreading hogweed root can cure mouth ulcer.

13.   Its a very good remedy for joint paint and inflammation.

14.   Its  very good  herb for treatment of fever, this reduce  body temperature in  significant way .

15 .   Regular intake  of  this  herb can boost our  immune system.

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