Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R.BR.EX DC.

English Name : Racaba and Sessile Joyweed

Family : Amaranthaceae

Origin : Perhaps southern Asia

It is an annual or perennial, prostrate weed. Branches are glabrous and the ultimate ones are with two lines of hair. The nodes are often villous. The leaves are variable in size, even longer when growing in watery places, opposite, sessile or shortly petioled, rather fleshy, sometimes obscurely denticulate. The flowers are bisexual. Perianth is acuminate. Stamens are 2 to 3. Fruits are compressed with winged margin.

Wastelands throughout warmer regions of India

Parts Used : Leaves and whole plant.

Herb Effects
Hypothermic and antiulcer; increases flow of milk after parturition in women (plant juice).

Active Ingredients
Stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol, a saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon and an aliphatic ester.

Medicinal Use
To treat wounds, flatulence, cough, bronchitis and diabetes, hair growth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dysentery (plant juice); for relieving indigestion and are eaten as a cooked vegetable or in soups (young shoots and leaves); to relieve inflamed wounds (root).


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