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.
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.