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Boerhavia diffusa Linn.
  • Family : Nyctaginaceae
  • English : Hogweed, Pigweed
  • Hindi : Sant, Gadahpurna, Punarnava
  • Gujarati : Satodi, Basedo
  • Sanskrit : Punarnava, Shophaghini

  • Part used : Root

Botanical Description:  A perennial diffuse herb with stout root stock and many procumbent branches; leaves simple, opoosite, short petioled in unequal pairs, ovate-oblong, acute or obtuse, rounded or subcordate at the base, glabrous above and whitish beneath, flowers pale rose coloured, small, short stalked in irregular clusters of terminal panicles at the ends of branches, fruits highly viscid, easily detachable one seeded, indehidcent with a thin pericarp. Floweing and fruiting are from August to January.

It is found throughout India.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Madhura, Katu, Tikta, Kasaya
  • Guna : Sita, Laghu, Ruksa, Sara
  • Virya : Usna
  • Vipaka : Katu
  • Karma : Sophahara, Dipana, Vatakara, Kaphaghna, Pittahara.

Modern Pharmacological Action: B. diffusa leaves have potent antibacterial activity against various Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria which might be due to the phytochemicals present in the leaves. An alcoholic extract of the whole plant of B. diffusa exhibited hepatoprotective activity against experimentally induced rats and mice. Aqueous root extract of possessed marked hepatoprotective activity.. Immunomodulatory activity was shown by increased carbon clearance7.

Our Products containing this ingredient:
Punarnava Herb

  • Mahamash Oil
  • Mahanarayan Oil
  • Narayan Oil
Punarnava Extract
  • Ranger Syrup
  • Vasuliv Tablet
  • Ural Tablet
  • Vasuliv Syrup
Punarnava Powder
  • Vasuliv Tablet
Punarnavadi Kwath Extract
  • Ural BPH Capsule