Punarnava is a Kapha-balancing herb, rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, known for its ability to support heart, liver and kidney health.
Punarnava also helps in water metabolism, breaking down undigested substances and supporting assimilation and absorption of nutrients.
PunarnavaÂ (Boerhaavia diffusa)
Boerhavia diffusaÂ is a well-known medicinal plant in traditional Indian medicine as well as other parts of world, for example, Southern American and African continent. Its various parts and especially roots have been used for gastrointestinal, hepatoprotective, and gynecological indications in above mentioned parts of the world and also throughout India.
In ayurvedic texts, more than 35 formulations of different types contain it as major ingredient. In Ayurveda, BD has been classified as ârasayanaâ herb which is said to possess properties like antiaging, reestablishing youth, strengthening life and brain power, and disease prevention, all of which imply that they increase the resistance of the body against any onslaught, in other words, providing hepatoprotection and immunomodulation(1).
BD has been widely studied for its chemical constituents and therapeutic activities. The roots are the source of a novel class of isoflavonoids known as rotenoids, flavonoids, flavonoid glycosides, xanthones, purine nucleoside, lignans, ecdysteroids, and steroids. Various animal studies and trials have confirmed the presence of activities, for example, immunomodulation, hepatoprotection, antifibrinolysis, anticancer activity, antidiabetic activity, anti-inflammation, and diuresis (2).
- Govindarajan R, Vijayakumar M, Pushpangadan P. Antioxidant approach to disease management and the role of ‘Rasayana’ herbs of Ayurveda. J Ethnopharmacol. 2005;99(2):165-78.
- Mishra S, Aeri V, Gaur PK, Jachak SM. Phytochemical, therapeutic, and ethnopharmacological overview for a traditionally important herb: Boerhavia diffusa Linn. Biomed Res Int. 2014;2014:808302-.
Dosage and Directions
Â½Â teaspoon mixed with honey,Â twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
Store in a cool, dry place (below 30Â°C) away from direct sunlight.