Boerhavia diffusa

Botanical Name Boerhavia diffusa
Common Name Santhi
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Genus: Boerhavia
Species: diffusa
Part used Whole plant, specially roots.
Medicinal Properties Bitter, astringent, anthelmintic, diuretic, aphrodisiac, cardiac stimulant, diaphoretic, emetic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, febrifuge, laxative, and tonic.
Medicinal Use It is useful in all types of inflammations, strangury, leucorrhoea, ophthalmia, lumbago, myalgia, scabies, cardiac disorders, jaundice, anaemia, dyspepsia, constipation, cough and bronchitis.
ChemistryAlkaloids, ursolic acid, alanine, arachidic acid, aspartic acid, boeravinone A thru F, boerhaavic acid, borhavine, campesterol, daucosterol, ecdysone, flavones, galactose, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, hypoxanthine, tiriodendrin, oleaic acid, proline, palmitic acid, stearic acid, oxalic acid, serine, bita-sitosterols, threonine, ursolic acid, valine.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatThroughout Rajasthan, as a weed in wate lands and road sides.
DescriptionA perennial diffuse herb with stout root stock and many procumbent branches; leaves simple, opposite, short-petioled in unequal pairs, ovate-oblong, acute or obtuse, rounded or subcordate at base, glabrous above, and whitish beneath; flowers pale rose coloured, small, short-stalked; fruits highly viscid, easily detachable, one-seeded.