Botanical Name: Siegesbeckia orientalis
Species: S. orientalis
Synonym: The Holy Herb.
Common Name : Eastern St Paul’s-wort
Parts Used: Juice, leaves, and whole plant.
Habitat: Grows in waste ground all over Japan. Forest shade at elevations of 1700 – 2000 metres in Kashmir
Siegesbeckia orientalis pubescens is a small composite plant or small annual shrub growing in hot climates to 1.2 m (4ft). The heads are small with an involucre of five bracts covered with very sticky glandular hairs. The secretion continues till after the fruit is ripe and aids in its distribution, the whole head breaking off and attaching itself to some passing animal. In China it is a common weed. The drug contains a white crystalline bod resembling salicylic acid. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organ
Propagation: Through seeds.
Edible Uses: Young leaves – cooked. The leaves need to be leeched in order to remove a toxin.
Medicinal Uses :
Anodyne; Blood tonic; Cardiac; Febrifuge; Salve.
The whole plant is anodyne, cardiac, febrifuge, salve, stimulates blood circulation. The juice of the plant is used externally in the treatment of ringworm, other parasitic infections and as a protective cover for wounds. A paste of the plant is applied to wounds between the toes that have been caused by prolonged walking barefoot in muddy water. A decoction of the plant is also used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, pains and aches in the legs and sides, hemiplegia, hypertension, sciatica, weeping dermatitis and mastitis. A paste of the root is used in the treatment of indigestion. The juice of the root is applied to wounds.
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