Boerhavia diffusa L.

Nota de alcance (en)

Range. Pantropical. In Myanmar grows naturally on plains throughout the country.


Whole plant: Take with liquid from the leaves of kyeik-hman (Eclipta pros­trata) to cure female-related disorders. Mix with the seeds of dant- kywei (Senna tora) and either eaten or used as an ointment to cure ringworm.

Leaf: When mixed with milk, it will cure pain in passing urine, gonorrhea, asthma and fevers, give longevity, and keep a person strong and looking youthful. Eaten and cooked with nga-gyin fish (Cirrhinus mrigala) to cure partial paralysis. New mothers having difficulty in lactating will produce milk quickly by drinking soup to which the leaves have been added; sore and aching breasts and general weakness and fatigue will also be cured. Cooked or made into a soup mixed with nga-panaw fish (Channa punctata) to cure heart disease, pleurisy, typhoid, bloating, dropsy, hemorrhoids, flatulence, phlegm, and indigestion. Pounded and used as a poultice for external inflammations.

Root: Eating powdered root with sugar will cure coughing and whooping cough; mixed with honey will cure asthma.


Throughout India as a weed.

Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, spasmolytic, antibacterial (used for inflammatory renal diseases, nephrotic syndrome, in cases of ascites resulting from early cirrhosis of liver and chronic peritonitis, dropsy
associated with chronic Bright’s diseases, for serum uric acid levels).
Root—anticonvulsant, analgesic, expectorant, CNS depressant, laxative, diuretic.

Root— abortifacient.

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) DeFilipps, Robert A.; Krupnick, Gary A. / PhytoKeys, v. 102. - - p. 1 - 314,  2018.

2) Khare, C.P./ Indian Medicinal Plants. -- Nueva Dheli: Springer, 2007 . - p. 836.

Boerhavia diffusa L.
Término aceptado: 19-Jul-2018