Latin name: Boerhaavia diffusa Linn., Boerhaavia repens Linn. (Nyctaginaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Punarnava, Shothagni Rakta punarnava, Lal Punarnava, Santh
Spreading Hogweed has been used in the Indian tribal community for centuries as a therapeutic herb. It has many ethnobotanical uses. The leaves are eaten as a vegetable. The root juice is used to treat asthma, urinary disorders, leukorrhea, rheumatism and encephalitis. In addition, the plant has many antimicrobial properties.
Therapeutic constituents:The flavonoid arbinofuranoside, present in Spreading Hogweed, lowers serum uric acid, which is helpful in treating urogenital disorders.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Spreading Hogweed is beneficial in treating urinary tract infections.
- The herb is also administered to patients suffering from nephritic syndrome.
- It is also helpful in the treatment of asthma and inflammatory conditions like rheumatism.