Tuesday, 10 February 2015

5 Amazing Health Benefits & Uses Of Punarnava Herb | Plant

 

 

We call spreading hogweed plant punarnava in Sanskrit and mookirattai in Tamil. It is a creeper that grows everywhere in India and it bears tiny cluster of beautiful flowers that are pink in color. It is rightly called punarnava as it brings back lost vigor and vitality. This is a miracle herb that we should all get to know as it has wonderful health benefits and medicinal uses. It's botanical name is Boerhavia Diffusa. This is an edible plant that can be easily found if we know to identify it. This plant is best identified with it's flowers, the flowers are quite tiny and we have to look closely enough to find it. We can also dry the roots whenever we get the plant and use it year round. You can also try the Punarnava powder and tablets sold in the markets, though I would prefer the fresh herb. Sometimes I am really surprised at the amount of diseases that a single herb can cure. Punarnava herb is like that, since it is a blood purifier it treats many diseases from skin allergies to constipation. Nowadays the word detox is getting very famous, but I can confidently say that punarnava plant is a real detox plant that removes all the toxins from the body very effectively. It has the following wonderful benefits: 1. Punarnava Herb For Kidney and Liver Disorders: This plant is especially useful for treating all the disorders of the kidneys as it reduces the  urea levels in the body very effectively. Take the decoction with the whole plant like mentioned below. Even people with worst condition will find their condition improving. This decoction can be consumed safely even while taking medications for kidney problems. It also acts as a liver tonic and can be used to treat all the disorders of the liver. 2. Punarnava Herb For Eyes: Regular consumption of punarnava treats all the disorders of the eyes like night blindness, glaucoma and persistent irritation in the eyes. Even people suffering from gradually reducing vision will benefit from taking punarnava regularly. You can either take the root decoction or the dried root powder mixed with honey daily 3. Punarnava Herb For Constipation: Regular consumption of punarnava also treats constipation as it is a mild laxative and it also treats anemia as it is rich in iron. 4. Punarnava Herb For Skin: Try identifying this plant and start including it in the diet at least weekly once. The best way to cook it is to add it along with lentils and also try making the drinking water out of the root and consume it as often as you can. Regular use of this herb is said to give a natural glow and youthfulness to the skin as it purifies the blood. The punarnava root water also can be used for treating skin allergies like itching, rashes, etc 5. Punarnava Herb For Edema: Punarnava is excellent for treating edema as it is a very good diuretic, try taking it in either one of the ways mentioned below till you get good relief. Punarnava also is said to prevent cancer and uti with regular use. Side effects: This herb is best avoided by pregnant women....

 

1. Punarnava with lentils:


The best way to consume punarnava on a daily basis is by cooking it along with lentils. To make the recipe, boil toor dhal along with turmeric powder, sambar powder (we use a homemade special mix for this but any sambar powder can be used for this and add according to your taste) and little bit of castor oil along with little water in a cooker for 3 whistles. Heat a tsp of ghee in a pan and splutter mustard, asafoetida and add a handful sliced small onions | shallots along with a sprig of curry leaves and 1 red chilli. Once the onions turn translucent, add 1 finely cut tomato and fry till mushy, now add the finely cut punarnava (remove the flowers and cut the leaves and the stem finely) and fry for a minute till it wilts. Now add little water and salt and close with a lid and boil till the punarnava leaves are cooked. Once the leaves are cooked add the boiled toor dhal and bring to a boil. Once it has come to the required consistency add a tbsp of freshly grated coconut and switch off. It tastes very nice with rice and we usually have it for lunch. This preparation can be given to young children and elderly people too. This prevents jaundice, anemia and gastric problems very effectively. This preparation can be had as often as we like and it has absolutely no side effects at all. Adding punarnava like this in our daily diet improves our health considerably.

2. Punarnava decoction:



Punarnava decoction is said to be one of the best at home remedy for kidney patients, in fact if you ask elderly people about the use of punarnava, the first use they will mention is the effect it has on kidneys. Even people who are suffering from kidney disorders for a long time will find good improvement if they take this decoction daily. The dosage is about 3 tbsp morning and evening. Continue drinking it till you see good results. To make the decoction, first pound the roots in a mortar and pestle, especially if the root is thick. The root I used was very thick, I had a hard time getting it out of the soil as the plant was very mature, but mature roots offers the most health benefits. Make sure to bruise it using a mortar and pestle and then add it to a cup of water and boil till it reduces in half, strain and the decoction is ready. This also is an amazing liver tonic and it is also one of the best home remedy for edema. If boiled along with a little bit of bruised peppercorns, it gives good relief from chest congestion and cough.

3. Punarnava in castor oil:



This is also a very popular home remedy that is practiced widely, it treats constipation very effectively. To make this remedy clean the roots well and cut into fine pieces. Now heat around 100 ml of castor oil in a pan and fry the roots along 5 peppercorns in a low flame. Once the roots are cooked, strain the oil. This oil is very potent especially if you are using mature roots. To use it as a remedy for constipation, use around 1 tsp for adults and 1/2 tsp for young children. But if had too much it will cause diarrhea, so please be precise with the dosage. This oil also is an amazing blood purifier and is very good in treating skin related allergies as it gets rid of body toxins very quickly. Make sure to use very good quality castor oil for this remedy and also clean the roots really well.

NOTES:
  • Try to include punarnava in the daily diet often and also try drinking the decoction monthly once or twice to purify the blood and get rid of toxins.
  • Try to identify the plant using the flowers, that is the best way to identify it. The flowers are really tiny, I zoomed in as much as I could to show the flower clearly.
  • When you see the full plant in the below picture, you can see how very very small the flowers are...
  • You  can also try the dried roots that sold in the markets to make the decoction, if you can't find the fresh herb.


66 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge with your followers. I just have a question/observation about availability and safety. Here in my country we have lost so many native plants due to building expansion/human land use and along with that we use many chemicals to prevent unwanted plants from growing ...do you have similar issues?

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    1. Here in India also the herbs are slowly diminishing around cities and towns. But I don't think we have lost any of our native plants as we can still find all the herbs in villages. The only problem we face are invasive plants like parthenium which occupy the place of these native plants.....

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  2. Hi Ramya
    Luv ur site....
    Just found punarnava in our land....
    Made with lentils n kept the roots for decoction...
    Great going n looking forward for more info on weeds n plants we have forgotten...

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  3. Excellent information on Punarnava on which i have been reading a lot these days and applying the remedies of this wonder herb at my home.
    Its a true god gifted herb.

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  4. The information is very useful, could you plz suggest how this herb can be used for 'Ovary cyst'.Thanks

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  5. hello ..today i make a decoction of the mature root found in back of my house. my father got paralysed 6 months back..can walk and talk now..but he urinates very often...

    please advise this has to be taken daily?

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    1. Hi, Punarnava is diuretic and helps get rid of excess fluids and urinary stones. It is also very good for people with high creatine levels but I am not sure about frequent urination, I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician regarding it...

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    2. I have tried black Raspberry in powder form. It is wonderful and famous in Chinese. No more frequent urination in the night while sleeping.

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  6. Hello Ma'am wonderful information it gave a ray of hope for my father health. My father is on dialysis since September 2015 can this herb or any other herb could help me to get my father back to normal life.

    Please help me. I would be very grateful to you.

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  7. My creatinine and urea level reduced by using this herb

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    1. Really it work like miracle plz tell me about it my husband has ascites his stomach full of fluid plz tell me it work like miracle plz tell me about it

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  8. Hello mam at starting my creatinine was 9 ...now it's was 2 ...and urea 70 now 38....i drink mookirattai juice daily twice for 8 months

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    1. Thank you for sharing this information, I am so very glad that mookirattai helped....

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    2. Punarnava capsules of Himalaya company..how are they..
      Pls advise..and how to take them for diuretic use.

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    3. When we should take in empty stomach or anytime? Sir/Madam whoever mentioned that your creatinine reduced can you please let us know how you made this juice and when you take it during the day

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    4. I have no experience with punarnava capsules from the Himalayan company so I don't how effective they are..

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    5. please provide contact number
      my father is also suffering from nephropathy
      my contact number is 9811128871

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  9. Most usefull herb I have heard.I am using the khashayam prepared with roots for swelling in my feet
    Mohann Raju.

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    1. I have very bad swelling in feet also and have started just now on consuming this herb in every form, cooked leaves roots and decoction of roots and stems. What is your dosage? munesse@yahoo.com

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  10. Dear friend
    Your note on the herbs are very helpful. God bless you for your wonderful service to society. All the best to you.

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  11. My mother is suffering from Kidney failure with cretanine 6 and high urea level. Does it help for her? please suggest and also the method how she will take this ?

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    1. Punarnava will greatly help and can be taken in the form of decoction but I would strongly suggest seeing an ayurvedic physician regarding this herb as he will give the correct dosage. You can also read a personal story using punarnava for kidney failure here (copy and paste the link): http://hubpages.com/health/Herb-Punarnava-for-diabetese-and-kidney-disease

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  12. how many grams in one litre of water for dicoction?

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    1. Use around 10 grams of punarnava root for every 200 ml of water for making the punarnava decoction...

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    2. Hi Ramya Mam,

      Good Evening and Namshkar!
      I am sufferring from Chronic Kidney Disease.
      But as I have been told to Take Punarnava Leave Juice which would help me;
      please suggest me to procure the Punarnava Plant Root and Leaves.
      This would help me in a huge way as I am undertaking Herbal Aayurveda Medicines.
      Please Help me!I will be very very grateful for this help.
      Please Connect me at my Mobile: +91 - 9867338664 or Drop me an email: sprasad.patnaik@gmail

      Regards
      S Prasad Patnaik

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    3. DEAR RAMYA MAM,

      Please help me in obtaining the Punarnava Leaves and Roots so that I can consume the same through as being prescribed.

      Please connect me +91-9867338664.
      or through mail:-
      sprasad.patnaik@gmail.com

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    4. mam what is mookirattai juice and for what is it used please tell me my father creatinine was 9 and he taking ayurvedic medicine of banda near chitrakot and 2 months passed his creatinine is now 7 please tell . and my friend told me that kasni leaves or syrup is also better in this desese please suggest me

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    5. what is mokkirattai and its uses

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    6. Hi sir, Namashkar, you can easily procure punarnava if you visit any village, it grows all over and if you get hold of a few plants you can easily grow it in your own home. Another way is asking ladies who sell greens to get it for you, they usually do it readily if we pay them well, just give them the correct local name of punarnava plant...

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    7. Mookiratain juice is the decoction of the plant, it greatly helps people with kidney disease. You can also take it in the form of punarnava tablets. For more information you can read the research paper that proves it's amazing use for treating kidney damage amazon.in

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  13. My father is suffering with prostate cancer spread in other part. Just diagnosed. Prostate operation done before 2yr.also they have high BP but under controL through medicine. Please suggest whether we can control his cancer through this medicin or combination with other ayurvedic medicin. If yes the please suggest how. As we have to start there treatment in tata memorial,mumbai after 10 days. I m just looking less painful treatment which cure my father.

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    1. Hi Sir, I am very sorry for the late reply. I would suggest that you read this case study that was done on a prostate cancer patient, it will give you full details about the herbs and remedies that has proven effective for prostate cancer : http://www.iamj.in/posts/images/upload/463_465.pdf

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  14. You mentioned that its use for glaucoma, it reduces vision. Why would that be a good thing? Or is it a typo????

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    1. What I meant was punarnava is very helpful in treating conditions like glaucoma and gradually reducing vision. Sorry if I was not clear...

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    2. Thank you for your reply...gradually reducing vision is not a good thing. Exactly what do you mean? What is reduced? One's ability to see?

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    3. Punarnava extract when applied tropically treats many disorders including gradually loss of vision caused due to the damage in optic nerves...

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    4. Thank you! Can you please describe how to use it for the eyes?

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    5. Usually the fresh extract of punarnava plant is applied as an eyeliner to treat eye disorders...

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  15. Hi ramya I'm subhashini. My sister is recently diagnosed with chronic kidney disease with creatinine level of 3.7.bit it has increased to 6 in 3 weeks.i had come across ur article. I need those punarnava leaves and seeds. I also stay in sarjapur road.i would be really be grateful if you could provide me with leaves and seeds to grow these herb.i would be really grateful.if could do this.she is only 22.im desperate.kindly help us.ubcan contact me in 7899049884

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    1. I am very sorry to hear about your sister. I really really wish to help but I don't have the seeds and the plant will wilt before it reaches you. Also I would kindly suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician about punarnava, they will guide you better about the correct dosage and the best form to take it....

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  16. Hi It is available in Sarvodhaya/Khadi shops all over Tamil Nadu in powder format. It can be useful treating kidney diseases- Hakkim

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  17. Ramya, which part is useful-leaves or roots? leaves cud be consumed only with lentils?
    btw the information you share are wonderful :-)

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    1. Punarnava leaves and stem can be cooked along with lentils and consumed...

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  18. Hello Madam

    This is suhasini from Bangalore.Can we eat the leafs directly, say 5 grams/ day. Please suggest me in this regard.

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    1. Punarnava has very low toxicity and can be consumed without any side effects. But if you are a diabetic or have high pressure I would suggest practicing caution while taking punarnava as it lowers both. Also it is also a diuretic, I would suggest consuming punarnva by cooking it along with toor dhal and consuming for general health weekly twice or thrice...

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  19. anonymous 3 july 2016. Hi, only roots of punarnava are usesful or the other parts asleaves and stem are equally useful.Can we prepare syrup of this plant and use it daily especially for children.

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    1. All the parts of punarnava plant is used as a medicine. It is a safe herb for children but still I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage especially if planing on giving daily to children...

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    2. Mam, I am Jitender from Noida. Recently I have undergone a medical check up on 30/05/16. As per my ultrasound report my left kidney size is decreased but as of now both kidney are working fine. My serum creatinine was .77 which has increased to .81 after three week. My doctor says nothing to worry as all reports are ok. Also an abnormal heart beat observed during TMT test.
      Mam, is it a beginning of CKD?
      Pl suggest should I start punarnava therapy to avoid further damage of kidney.
      I am a diabetic and having blood pressure also.

      My email & mobile no is as under.
      kashyap.jk558@gmail.com
      09873603522

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    3. Madam RV Good evening this is from Mangaluru My wife is a CKD patient aged 54 years her creatinine was 11.4 and last month during the start of dialysis say after one dialysis it is 7 and can we use the punarnava with out any side effect and she is diabetic and BP Patient both under control with medication, waht is the kannada name for this herb please, I may visit a Ayurveda physician in Mangalore at the earliest for the dosage kindly accept my heartfelt kudos and your good will is our ray of hope please My no is 8762364813

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    4. thanks for information on punarnava! I live in US and it is growing as wild weed in great profusion. and in my yard is plenty for months of daily meals. I am now eating every day and boiling decoction. I do not have any kidney disease but do have very bad swelling in feet and general weaknesses so I am seeking help of "the rejuvenator". :) I have seen some video of an herbalist smashing the stems, but it was in an Indian language and I could not understand. Boiling all parts of plant is the easist for me.

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  20. Hello Mam,
    I am Jitender from Noida. I am a diabetic and undergone a health check up on 30/05/16. In my ultrasound report my left kidney size decrease though both kidney are working fine. As per my report serum creatinine was .77 which has increased to .81 after 3 week.
    My doctor says nothing to worry all reports are OK but keep your HBA1C in control.
    Since then I am very much upset.
    Pl suggest should I start punarnava plant therapy.

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    1. Hello Sir, Punarnava can be taken for reducing the creatinine levels wonderfully but I would kindly suggest consulting an ayurvedic doctor for the correct dosage....

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  21. the picture looks more like Boerhaavia elegans, instead of Boerhaavia diffusa : Boerhaavia elegans: "Leaves are Linear-oblong or oblong-lanceolate, obtuse and often mucronulate at the apex" "An erect glabrous shrub" whereas diffusa is creeping.

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    1. This is boerhavia diffusa and like you mentioned it is creeping. I just broke a branch and held it up for photographing that is why it looks erect like boerhavia elegans...:)

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  22. Hi, is there a Kannada name for punarnava ? Where can I procure the herbs in Bangalore ?

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    1. I think Kannada name of punarnava is Komme. I don't know much about Bangalore, but you can get the punarnava powder in herbs shops (shops that sell pooja items)

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  23. Dear Ma'am,

    Is it usable for Nephrotic syndrome ?
    Kindly suggest me Ma'am

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  24. Hi Ma'am will Punarnava is useful for childhood Nephrotic syndrome ?

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    1. Punarnava is useful for nephrotic syndrome...

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  25. Hello mam....
    I am a jaundice patient
    How to use its dried roots that is easily available in the market.
    As I didn't got the fresh tree so I purchased it.
    Please mam reply as soon as possible.

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  26. Do we need to take twice daily or once in a day mam

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    1. Punarnave is very good for treating jaundice. Usually punarnava juice (2 tsp) is suggested but decoction of the whole plant (around 2 to 3 tbsp) can also be taken in divided dosage. You can also try the tablets if you find it difficult to get the fresh plant. Also I would kindly taking punarnava under medical supervision to determine the precise dosage....

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  27. Punarnava Herb For Eyes: Regular consumption of punarnava treats all the disorders of the eyes like night blindness, glaucoma, gradually reducing vision and persistent irritation in the eyes. You can either take the root decoction or the dried root powder mixed with honey daily

    gradually reducing vision - does it reduce vision also let me know which place punarnava plants are available

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    1. No, punarnava prevents gradually reducing vision. I am not sure whether any regular nurseries sell punarnava but you can find punarnava in herb nurseries.

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  28. Hi I have urinery tract disorder. Kidney outlet line was partially blocked. Done stenting operation for enlarging the area of of that line. But seems it is not at par what it should be. Is this medicine useful for it. Please guide.

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