Vedic Medicine : Herb that cures blood diseases
Name: Prishniparni or Uraria picta
Synonym: Hedysarum pictum Jacq
Family: Papilionaceae; Fabaceae.
Habitat: Throughout India, in dry
Ayurvedic Names: Prishniparni, Prithak-parni, Simhapushpi, Kalashi,
Dhaavani, Guhaa, Chitraparni.
Chemical constituents: Major constituents are Amino acids, fatty acids.
A suffruticose herb, stems downy with hooked hairs. Leaves imparipinnate, lanceolate, blotched with white. Flowers pink or purple. Pods 4-6 jointed, glabrous. Seeds ovate, light brown, reniform.
Usages and effects
Action ==>> Root—prescribed for cough,chillsandfevers. Leaves—antiseptic,used for urinary discharges and genitourinary infections.The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends a decoction of whole plant in alcoholism, insanity, psychosis; cough, bronchitis, dyspnoea; diseases due to vitiated blood; gout; bleeding piles; blood dysentery, acute diarrhoea.
The plant is credited with fracture-healing properties. Its total extract exhibits better and quicker healing of fractures in experimental animals due to early accumulation of phosphorus and more deposition of calcium.
Dosage Whole plant—20-50 g powder for decoction.
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