A perennial creeping herb with procumbent branches.
Root— stout, many procumbent , woody. Branches— diffuse.
Leaves— opposite, unequal pair,sub cordate, glabrous, .
Flowers— pale rose or white small or minute, borne in small umbels arranged in axillary and terminal panicles.
Fruits— 5-ribbed, spherical, glandular, 1-1.5 cm long.
Flowering and fruiting occur during winter.
The chemical constituents of Punarnava are b-Sitosterol, a-2-sitosterol, palmitic acid, boerhaavia acid ester of b-sitosterol, boeravinon, tetracosanoic, hexacosonoic, hentriacontane, stearic, arachidic acid, urosilic acid, triacontanol, b-Ecdysone, punarnavine etc.
Rasa : Madhura Tikta Kasäya
Guna: Laghu, Ruksa
Virya : Usna
Is Punarnava safe:
Yes, Punarnava helps to manage some stomach disorders like indigestion, loss of appetite or constipation.
It helps to enhance your appetite and improve digestion by promoting bowel movement due to its Deepana (appetizer), Pachan (digestion) and Rechana (laxative) properties.
The magical herb with almost infinite medicinal properties has no actual side effects. This makes it very popular in ayurvedic medicine. Moreover, the herb can be consumed in its raw form as well. Studies have exposed that this wonderful herb is secure and safe and does not pose any kind of serious side effects on the human body. However, there are some contradictions to this herb that state that pregnant women should consult a physician before consumption.