punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)

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punarnava according to ayurveda

punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) is a species of flowering plant that has a host of medicinal benefits. As per Ayurveda, punarnava is a plant that acts on six Ayurvedic dhatus (tissues) including blood, muscles, nerves, reproductive organs, plasma and fat. It possesses significant antihypertensive properties that help keep high blood pressure in check. Moreover, it is a diuretic, which helps increase renal blood flow that further contributes to its antihypertensive actions.

Benefits of Punarnava

For cardiac problems:
In oedema, it is given with equal quantities of Picrorhiza, Swertia and ginger. It is said to have a Digitalis-like effect.

kidney disease :
It is a very effective diuretic. It works very well on the urinary system. and it targets directly the damaged nephrons kidney’s basic functional unit) which get damaged specially in cases of high blood sugar level i.e in Diabetic people. Punarnava speeds up the filtration process of kidneys and flushes out the excessive fluids and other waste products.

Obesity :
punarnava is very effective in treating obesity It is also act as inflamatory drugs.

Respiratory problems:
It is good for respiratory problems as well as it acts on the kapha dosha and thus suppresses the mucous formation . Thus Punarnava forms an integral part of many Ayurvedic medicines that curing Asthma,Dyspnoea and other Breathing problems as it helps in the removal of mucus from the bronchial tubes.

Body Swelling:
As punarnava works as a diuretic It can cure the conditions like Anasarca (Body swelling)

Heart disease:
It can even be used in in serious conditions like congestive cardiac problem For bronchial troubles For coughs with sputum and inflammation, it is given with equal quantities of calamus and ginger. This medicament causes nausea but clears the bronchial tubes of all extraneous matter.

For liver problems :
The distillate from the herb is considered effective in controlling cirrhosis of the liver.

As a diuretic :
It is used for oedema, inflammation, nephrotic conditions, jaundice, ascites and for scanty urine.

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