Scientific Name
Group : Angiosperm (Dicotyledon)
Family : Apiaceae
Genus : Hydrocotyle
Species : asiatica Linn
Common Name
English Name : Indian pennywort
Hindi Name : Brahmi
Manipuri Name : Peruk
Other Details
Habit : Profuse straggling herb
Parts Use : Whole plant
Preparation : Whole plant is chopped and simmered for decoction. Fresh leafy part crushed for juice. Leaves dried & powdered for consumption. Whole plant boiled with rice water for hair lotion. Leaves crushed for paste. Liquid made out of boiled the whole plant in water is used as hair lotion.
Mode of use : Decoction, Fresh & Local Application
Ingredients : A glycoside, asiaticoside, shown to be active in the treatment of leprosy, has been reported.
Ailment Treated : Plant decoction is good for leprosy, skin disease, chronic inflammation of the skin, chronic ulcers etc. Plant juice is applied externally on abnormal swellings and inflammations. Juice is also good to check fever. Dried leaf powder is good for tuberculosis. Boiled plant soup is used as hair lotion.
Source : Gregarious in waste lands and fields of valley areas.