Debjit Bhowmik , K.P. Sampath Kumar *, Shweta Srivastava, Shravan Paswan, Amit Sankar Dutta.
Ayurveda considers man as an integral part of Mother Nature. Therefore the laws of nature are very well applicable for him also. Ancient philosophy which ponders the â€œsecret of life and beyondâ€ gives prime importance for health. It has understood the need of longevity and effectiveness to attain the supreme goal. Punarnava helps maintain efficient kidney and urinary functions with its diuretic, laxative, stomachic, diaphoretic, anthelminthic anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory action. According to Ayurveda, Punarnava is bitter, cooling, astringent to bowels, useful in biliousness, blood impurities, leucorrhoea, anaemia, inflammations, heart diseases, asthma, alternatives etc. The leaves are useful in dyspepsia, tumours, spleen enlargement and abdominal pains. According to Unani system of medicine, the leaves are appetizer, alexiteric, useful in opthalmia, in joint pains. Seeds are tonic expectorant, carminative, useful in lumbago, scabies. The seeds are considered as promising blood purifier.
Debjit Bhowmik , K.P. Sampath Kumar *, Shweta Srivastava, Shravan Paswan, Amit Sankar Dutta.. Traditional Indian Herbs Punarnava and Its Medicinal Importance. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2012;1(1):52-57.