Spreading hogweed

Scientific name of Spreading hogweed: Boerhaavia Diffusa

Name  in different languages:-

English: Tarvine, Red Spiderling

Sanskrit: Punarnava, Shothagni, Varshabhu

Hindi: Biskhapara, Gadahpurna, Gadha-cand, Shothagni

Malayalam: Thazhuthama തഴുതാമ, തമിഴാമ, പുനർനവ, ശോതാഗ്നി

Plant description of Spreading hog weed-

Common Hog Weed (Boerhaavia diffusa) is a spreading, prostrate herb, grows up to 75 cm., long trailing branches, Commonly found in deciduous forests, as a weed in plane areas, wasteland, roadsides etc. leaves are reddish green, oppositely arranged, simple, obtuse, ovate. Flowers are pink, 4 mm long, 4 to 10 together, found either in axillary or terminal, as umbels; flowering and fruiting is in between August to December, and seeds are sticky thus it can propagate through birds or animals.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, root

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-palmate
 Ovate-Egg-shaped  Margin_Entire  Venation-palmate

Medicinal uses:

to treat hemorrhoid, cardiac problems, skin disorders, eye diseases, leucorrhoea etc., leaves are appetizers, useful in joint pains; Seeds are tonic expectorant, useful in lumbago, scabies, and good blood purifier.

Chemical content:

Potassium Nitrate

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Spreading hogweed is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like:-






Sukumara Ghrita

Vidaryadi Ghritham 

Bipasil Tablets

Diureston Tablet

Hi Card Tablets

Pathrina Tablets

Punarnava Mandur

Ureaze Tablet

Yakratankush Tablet 

Bala Punarnavadi kashayam

Garbharaksha Kashayam

Karimbirumbadi Kashayam 

Lashuna Erandadi Kashayam

Dinesavalyadi Keram
Dhanwantharam Kuzhambu   

Ashwagandha Thailam

Grahanimihira Taila 

Karpasasthyadi Thailam 

Kurumthotti enna

Narayana thailam

Maha Vishagarbha Tailam

Maharajaprasarini Thailam


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