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ayurveda benefits of Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)

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Ayurveda plant Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) is very useful in skin and kidney diseases

Boerhavia diffusa or Punarnava belongs to the family Nyctaginaceae . This is also known as spiderlings as this plant grows low and spreads like spider web. Boerhavia diffusa is identified by name Punarnava in India. Ayurvedic texts immensely praise the medicinal properties of this plant.

The juice of this plant has varied taste. It tastes sweet, bitter and astringent. Ayurveda acharyas indicate the properties of this plant as light (laghu) , dry (Ruksha) and of hot potency (ushna veerya). All parts of this plant are used in ayurvedic herbal preparations.



Ayurveda health benefits of Punarnava or Boerhavia diffusa
According to texts of ayurveda this plant alleviates all three doshas.

In Arthritis: It helps to reduce inflammation and pain in joints .

In Indigestion: Punarnava acts as a carminative, increases appetite, digests ama and reduces abdominal pain. It also relieves constipation.

In cough: It helps to reduce productive cough and asthma

Impotence: Seeds of this plant are used in Vajikarana Preparations. It increases hard erections and quality and quantity of semen. It rejuvenates male reproductive system.

Punarnava in Skin Diseases: It is very useful in skin diseases like scabies. It is considered as an excellent natural remedy for guinea worms

In Anaemia: This plant combined with other herbal ingredients help in treating anemia

Punarnava in Kidney diseases: It acts as a diuretic and is used in ayurvedic preparations for renal calculi (kidney stone), Cystis and nephritis.

In liver disorders: Punarnava is widely used to rejuvenate liver and detoxify it. It helps in jaundice or hepatitis. It is employed in Brazilian herbal medicine to stimulate the emptying of the gallbladder and for all types of liver disorders

In menorrhagia: Boerhavia diffusa is used as an active ingredient in ayurvedic preparations for menorrhagia

Body Rejuvenation : It rejuvenates whole body and gives a new life and health (Hence the name Punarnava (New again)). It strengthens the body and normalizes doshas. This helps to boost the immunity to diseases.

Note: Cardiac patients should use this herb under the supervision of a qualified doctor.

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