Punarnava {Boerhavia Diffusa}

Punarnava or Boerhavia is good for Vata and Kapha

 Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
  2. Taste – Pungent, sweet, bitter, astringent
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Traditional Action: reduces swelling, acts as a laxative and alterative
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Rejuvenative for urinary tract problems including recurring urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Used in water retention, swelling, hypertension, and weight gain. Strengthens the function of the liver and spleen; used in anemia. Cleansing to the dhatus; it promotes excretion of dhatu malas along with gross malas. Used as a Rasayana in instances of general debility.


Modern Research

Boerhaavia diffusa has shown antibacterial activity, mainly against Gram-negative bacteria. Extracts of Boerhaavia diffusa leaves showed antioxidant and hepatoprotective properties in pharmacological models. Punarnavine, an alkaloid isolated from Boerhaavia diffusa has been shown in vitro anticancer,antiestrogenic,, antiamoebic, and immunomodulatory activity.

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