Thursday, December 11, 2008

Vernonia cinerea LESS

Family : Asteraceae

Synonym(s) : Conyza cinerea L., Vernonia albicans auct. non DC., Vernonia patula

English Name : Purple Fleabane

Origin : Southeastern Asia and Malaysia


An erect and rarely decumbent herb. The stem is slender, grooved and ribbed. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly elliptic or lanceolate, membranous or rather coriaceous. The flowers are pinkish and purple, in minute heads in rounded or flat-topped corymbs. The achenes are oblong, terete, & slightly narrowed at the base.


Gardens and wastelands in India

Parts Used : Root, seed, plant and its aerial part

Herb Effects

As a tonic, febrifuge, astringent, alternative, diaphoretic, increasing the secretion of gastric juices, alleviates spasms anticancer and antiviral (plant); antidiarrheal (root); alexipharmic and anthelmintic (seed).

Active Ingredients

Beta-amyrin, beta-sitosterol, linoleic acid, lupeol, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stigmasterol (seed); HCN, triterpenes (plant); luteolin-7-mono-beta-D-glucopyranosides (aerial part).

Medicinal Use

Useful for the purifying the blood, bile and semen, used as a specific for leucorrhoea, menorrhagia, and in the treatment of chronic skin diseases, dysuria, strangury, bladder stones, piles, worms and haematological disorders (plant); for the treatment of amoebiosis, humid herpes, eczema and ringworm and for the extraction of guinea worms, elephantiasis (leaf juice); to treat fevers, rheumatism and conjunctivitis (flowers); effective against roundworms and threadworms, leucoderma, psoriasis and other chronic skin diseases (seeds).


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