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Punarnava Uses, Dosage, Benefits and Side Effects

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Use and Benefits of Punarnava :

Punarnava gives the best result in the treatment of kidney diseases, rheumatism, fever, oedema, fever, alcoholism, eye disorders, vulvodynia, splenomegaly and liver disorders.
It balances Tridosha, acts as a rejuvenating agent, reduces inflammation, prevents bloating, improves cardiac health and stimulates the formation of blood and increases haemoglobin level in the blood.

What is Punarnava?

Punarnava generally refers to the roots of the Boerhavia diffusa plant.
Ayurveda is mainly known for its therapeutic usage in kidney disease, kidney stones, oedema, rat bite, fever, alcoholism, abscess, rheumatoid arthritis, and several other health conditions.

Synonyms & Vernacular Names

  • Common Name – Punarnava
  • Hindi Name – Punarnava
  • Botanical Name – Boerhavia diffusa
  • English Name – Red Spiderling

Medicinal Parts

Normally All parts of the Punarnava plant are used as medicine in Ayurveda. Almost all classical ayurvedic texts recommend roots in various health conditions. The whole plant is used sometimes under doctors recommendations. Seeds are also rarely used in a few men’s conditions, especially it is used as an aphrodisiac agent.

Dosha Karma

Punarnava Balances all 3 doshas ( Tridosha ), it acts more effectively on Vata Dosha and Kapha Dosha, Suitable to everyone,

Medicinal Properties of Punarnava

Punarnava has the following healing actions: –
Nephroprotective (protects kidneys).
Cardioprotective (protects the heart).
Hematogenic (stimulates the formation of red blood cells).
Mild Diuretic.
Expels kidney stone.
Uricosuric (increase the excretion of uric acid in the urine).
Anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation).
Antiedemic (reduces oedema) – external application.
Chaksuya – Improves Vision.
Rasayana – rejuvenating.
Mild Diaphoretic (increases sweating)
Aphrodisiac agent (its seeds).

Punarnava Indications

Based on classical texts and research studies, Punarnava is very useful in the following diseases: –

Internal Use
Kidney stone.
Fever and infections.
Rasayana – for rejuvenation (to stay young).
Dog bite.
Spider bite.
Insomnia (sleeplessness).
Rheumatoid arthritis – leaves veggie is more useful according to Vangasena Samhita and roots’ powder along with dried ginger powder is helpful according to Bhava Prakash.
Rheumatic fever.
Pitta dominant fevers.
Chronic and low-grade fever.
Liver diseases.
Cough due to heart disease.
Oliguria (decreased urinary output).
Gout or Hyperuricemia.
Migraine (its juice nasal administration).
Orchitis (inflammation testicles).
Chronic kidney failure.
Lipiduria (commonly present in nephrotic syndrome).
Nephrotic syndrome.
Endometritis – Uterine Inflammation.
External Application
Vata and Kapha Skin Diseases (with curd).
Itchy Eyes – with milk.
Watery eyes – with honey.
Conjunctivitis – with ghee.
Timir Roga – with sesame oil.
Vatakantaka (plantar fasciitis or Heel pain) – Punarnava oil is used for heel massage.
Vulvodynia (Vaginal pain) – leaves.
Delayed delivery and difficult delivery – its oil is applied to the vagina.

Punarnava Dosage

Punarnava Churna Dosage: 2.5 grams twice a day, Maximum Possible Dosage, 10 grams per day, with milk or water

Punarnava Juice Dosage: You can also make fresh juice from the whole Punarnava plant. In Ayurveda, it is called Punarnava Swarasa. 5 m.l. twice a day, Maximum Possible Dosage, 20 ml per day, with water.

Medication Time: Best on empty stomach or 60 minutes before a meal.

Side Effects of Punarnava

If Punarnava is used unwisely in high dosage (more than 10 grams per day), it can cause vomiting. In cases of productive cough, it is used in high dosage to induce vomiting, which helps to remove excess mucus from the lungs and airways. Punarnava is not well established for pregnant women. Consult an ayurvedic physician before using it during pregnancy.

Note: This is for your knowledge only not for any personal advice or treatment. When you have any problem just consult your family physician first.

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