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10 Surprising health benefits and uses of Punarnava Herb

punarnava herb
punarnava herb
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Punarnava, is a very well-known herb in Ayurvedic culture. It is known for its medicinal benefits and uses. These kinds of herbs are simply miracle in itself and very useful. Today we will be discussing about the 10 health benefits of Punarnava herb.

Herbs are the small plants which are indulged with medicinal properties and health benefits.

Appearance of Punarnava herb:

punarnava herb
punarnava herb

Punarnava or Spreading hogweed, is a spreading 2-3 m tall plant with several soft branches. The leaves are 1/2 to 1 inch long, round or oval, and are arranged opposite to each other. It bears tiny flowers which are pink and grow in small bunches. The fruits are 1/2 inch long, with 5 stripes an are knotted.

The root is soft, strong and white in colour. The plant generally bears flowers and fruits in the rainy season.

Nomenclature of Punarnava herb:

fruits of punarnava
fruits of punarnava
  • English name– Spreading Hogweed
  • Hindi name– Gadahapurna, Sathi, Gadahabindo
  • Sanskrit name– Punarnava, Shothagni
  • Gujrati name– Satodi, Basedo
  • Family name– Nyctaginaceae
  • Kingdom– Plantae

Chemical composition of Punarnava herb:

roots of punarnava
roots of punarnava

It contains a slightly pungent alkaloid named punanarvine and also potassium nitrate. The ash contains chloride, nitrate and phlorate and chlorate.

Ayurvedic properties of Punarnava herb:

It is cool and containing lots of medicinal properties in it. It is an antidote to venom and has several other benefits.

Now, we shall be discussing about the medicinal benefits and usages of Punarnava herb. You will see how beneficial and useful it is, in the health field.

Health benefits of Punarnava:


1. 1. Treats Insomnia

  • Give 50-100 ml decoction of punarnava.
  • It works as sleeping pills and makes you fall into deep sleep.


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