*Punarnava translates into that which revives, renews, rejuvenates back into youthfulness. It has excellent effects to maintain normal water balance, manage urinary discomfort, promote healthy liver and kidney function. These days the liver is under enormous pressure to function optimally given stress, toxins, and unhealthy lifestyles. Punarnava is a natural herb that assists in the regulation of bile to ensure strong liver action. This wonderful herb activates the blood formation by triggering the kidney and bone marrow function.
*Benefits include maintaining proper heart function, promotes the healthy flow of urine, flexibility in joints, helps keep optimal weight, supports respiratory health, aids in the movement of toxins, and helps maintain healthy skin.
Suggested Use: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon in powder form, once or twice daily, or use as directed by your health practitioner.
Botanical Name – Boerhavia diffusa
The Morphology – Nyctaginaceae
English Names – Spreading Hogweed;
Punarnava is a spreading 2-3 m tall plant with several soft branches. The leaves are 1/2 to 1 inch long, round or oval, and are arranged opposite to each other. It bears tiny flowers that are pink and grow in small bunches. The fruits are 1/2 inch long, with 5 stripes and are knotted.
The root is soft, strong and white in color. The plant generally bears flowers and fruits in the rainy season.
Physical and chemical properties of Punarnava
Taste – bitter, sweet
Quality – Light and Dry
Potency – Hot
Post Digestive effect – Pungent taste
Bhavaprakasha guduchyadi Varga –
पुनर्नवा श्वेतमूला शोथघ्नी दीर्घपत्रिका |
कटु कषायानुरसा पाण्डुघ्नी दीपनी परा |
शोफानिलगरश्लेष्महरी व्रण्योदरप्रणुत् ||१९८|| |
पुनर्नवापरा रक्ता रक्तपुष्पा शिलाटिका |
शोथघ्नः क्षुद्रवर्षाभूर्वृषकेतुः कपिल्लकः ||१९९||
पुनर्नवारुणा तिक्ता कटुपाका हिमा लघुः |
वातला ग्राहिणी श्लेष्मपित्तरक्तविनाशिनी ||२००||