Sanskrit: पंचपतिया Panchpatia
Hindi: पंचपतिया Panchpatia
Malayalam: Pulichuvadi പുലിച്ചുവടി
Useful plant parts: Whole plant
Tiger Foot Morning Glory – Ipomea pes-tigridis is a twining annual vine, herbaceous, hairy, spreading. The leaves are ovate, up to 10 cm in diameter, palmately, up to 9-lobed, similar to tiger’s paw. The flowers occur in axillaries, white and up to 4 cm long and occur in September -November. The fruit is ovoid and sized to 6 -7 mm in diameter.
Tiger Foot Morning Glory (Ipomoea pes-caprae), also known as Goat’s Foot Morning Glory, Beach Morning Glory, or Bayhops, is a trailing coastal plant that grows in sandy beach environments and is commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. While it may not be a well-known herb in traditional Ayurveda, it does have some traditional uses and potential medicinal properties in certain local and indigenous practices.
Some traditional uses and potential benefits of Tiger Foot Morning Glory include:
1. Wound Healing: The leaves of Tiger Foot Morning Glory have been used in some traditional folk medicine systems for their potential wound-healing properties. Crushed leaves or poultices made from the leaves were applied topically to wounds and cuts.
2. Anti-inflammatory: Some traditional uses of this plant involve using it to reduce inflammation, possibly due to its potential anti-inflammatory compounds.
3. Pain Relief: It has been used in some traditional remedies to alleviate pain, such as joint pain and muscle aches.
4. Anti-microbial: Some communities have used extracts from this plant to treat minor infections.
It’s important to note that while Tiger Foot Morning Glory has these potential traditional uses, scientific research on its medicinal properties and safety is limited. Furthermore, the use of this plant in traditional practices can vary by region and culture.
As with any natural remedy, it’s crucial to exercise caution and consult with a healthcare professional before using Tiger Foot Morning Glory or any other plant for medicinal purposes, especially if you have underlying medical conditions or are taking medications. Additionally, the collection and use of plants from the wild should be done responsibly and sustainably to protect the environment.
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