Barleria prionitis L.

Nota de alcance (en)

Range. Tropical Asia, Africa, and India. In Myanmar, found in Kachin, Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing, and Yangon, especially in fields and pastures.
 
Uses.
Bitter and astringent in taste, highly beneficial for skin and blood diseases.

Whole plant:
Crushed, cooked with sesame oil and applied to itches, ringworm and boils.

Whole plant, Leaf:
Used as diuretic in dropsy and as febrifuge.

Stem and Leaf:
Crushing the leaves together with the stems and branches, stewing them in a mixture of one part sesame oil to two parts water and straining the mixture provides an oil that can be applied to long-standing sores.

Leaf: Made into an ash and taken with fermented rice washing water to bring down swelling from edemas and dropsy; mixed with butter and applied to longstanding sores, to help them heal quickly. Leaves boiled to make a strong tea, and the mixture held in the mouth to strengthen loose teeth. Juice from crushing leaves- ap­plied to scorpion sting will neutralize the poison, also used to treat inflamed areas; mixed with either honey, sugar, or warm water and given to cure children with coughs, fever and bronchitis; also used to treat chronic cough. Juice from grinding the leaves applied to treat fungus infections on the soles of the feet and between the toes.

Roots:
Ground and applied to bring down inflammation and infection in swellings, bumps, and sores.

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Origin:
Throughout the hotter parts of India. Also, commonly grown as a hedge plant in gardens.

Action:
Leaf—juicegiven instomach disorders, urinary affections; mixed with honey and given to children with fever and catarrh; leaf juice is applied to lacerated soles of feet in the rainy season, mixed with coconut oil for pimples.
Leaves and flowering tops—diuretic.
Bark—diaphoretic and expectorant.
Roots—paste is applied over boils and glandular swellings.
Plant (Vajradanti)—antidontalgic, used for bleeding gums in Indian medicine. Ash, obtained from the whole plant, mixed with honey, is given in bronchial asthma.

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.

Barleria prionitis L.
Término aceptado: 10-Jul-2019