Punarnava

punarnava

In Ayurveda, ‘Punarnava’ means that which rejuvenates or renews the body. Punarnava is a well-known medicinal plant packed with essential nutrients, vitamins such as vitamin C and other constituents. It helps increase urine production due to its diuretic property and reduces the risk of urinary complications. It might also be useful for managing liver problems due to its antioxidant activity, which prevents liver cell damage caused by free radicals.

What are the synonyms of Punarnava?

Punarnava is also known as Boerhaavia diffusa, Horse Purslene, Hog Weed, Gadapurna, Lalpunarnava, Kathilla, Sophaghni, Sothaghni, Varsabhu, Ranga Punarnabha, Rakta punarnava, Dholisaturdi, Mukurattai (Shihappu), Atikamamidi, Erra galijeru.

Benefits of Punarnava

Manages Kidney Health

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Punarnava has diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce the risk of inflammatory kidney diseases. The chemical compounds that naturally occur in Punarnava like flavonoids, alkaloids, helps prevent free radical damage to the kidneys.  In traditional medicine, it has been used to remove kidney stones and manage kidney disorders.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Punarnava has Mutral (diuretic) property, which is very useful in dealing with kidney stones. It helps to pass the stone through urine by increasing urine flow.

Controls Urinary Tract Infection

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Punarnava displays diuretic activities and assists in the flushing of harmful toxins and pathogens. Punarnava has potent anti-spasmodic, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties that help to prevent bacterial infections in the urinary tract and thereby reducing inflammation and pain while urinating. This herb controls the recurrence of urinary system infections by neutralizing disease-causing germs and their toxic effects.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Urinary tract infection is described under the broad term of Mutrakrichra in Ayurveda. Mutra means ooze; krichra implies pain. In urinary tract infection, Punarnava helps control painful urination and burning sensation because of its Mutral (diuretic) property. It increases urine flow and subsides the symptoms of UTI like a burning sensation during urination.

Manages Liver disorders

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Punarnava is used to rejuvenate and clean the liver. According to Ayurveda, when the liver is unable to perform well, it leads to an imbalance of Vata-Pitta-Kapha doshas. Punanarva helps to correct the function of the liver by removing toxins from the liver cells with its Shodhan (purification) and Mutral (diuretic) properties. Punanarva also helps to improve digestive fire due to its Deepan (appetizer) property. It helps to digest the food easily and reduce the burden of the liver.

Controls Obesity

An increase in weight is due to unhealthy food habits and lifestyle, which leads to a weak digestive fire. This increases the accumulation of Ama, causing an imbalance in Meda dhatu and thus resulting in obesity. Punarnava is useful to control obesity as it helps improve metabolism and reduce Ama. This is because of its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties.

Manages Rheumatoid Arthritis

Punarnava helps to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis like pain and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis is known as Amavata in Ayurveda. Amavata is a disease in which vitiation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) occur in the joints. Amavata starts with a weak digestive fire, which leads to the accumulation of Ama. Instead of being absorbed, this Ama gets accumulated in the joints when carried to different locations through Vata. Punarnava helps correct digestive fire and reduce Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It also has Vata balancing and Mutral (diuretic) properties, which gives relief from Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms like pain and swelling in the joints.

FAQs

Yes, Punarnawa is good for the liver due to its antioxidant property. It fights against liver cell damage caused by free radicals, thereby showing hepatoprotective activity.

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Yes, Punarnava might help manage stomach disorders like constipation due to its laxative property. It helps provide relief from abdominal pain and gas due to its flatulent and strong laxative properties. It also aids in digestion and helps in managing weight by controlling the appetite.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Yes, Punarnava helps to manage some stomach disorders like indigestion, loss of appetite, or constipation. It helps to enhance your appetite and improve digestion by promoting bowel movement due to its Deepana (appetizer), Pachan (digestion), and Rechana (laxative) properties.

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Yes, Punarnava might help in the management of gout and high uric acid. It helps to remove excess uric acid from the body due to its diuretic property. It also has anti-inflammatory activity due to which it might help to reduce the inflammation related to gout.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Gout is a condition that occurs due to a high level of uric acid. Uric acid might get elevated in the body due to multiple reasons such as weak or poor digestion or when the kidneys do not excrete out the toxins normally. Punarnava helps improve your digestion and increase urine production. Kidneys can easily pass out uric acid from the body and help reduce the symptoms of gout. This is due to Punarnava’s Deepana (appetizer), Pachan (digestion), and Mutral (diuretic) properties.

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Anemia is mainly caused due to low haemoglobin level in the blood. Punarnava might help in anaemia as it helps to increase the total haemoglobin count, which may be due to iron present in it.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Anemia is a condition of low hemoglobin, which generally occurs due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha and weak or poor digestion. Punarnava improves digestion to maintain proper haemoglobin levels in your body due to its Pitta balancing, Deepana (appetizer), and Pachan (digestion) properties. Punarnava also helps to maintain your overall health due to its Rasayana (rejuvenation) property, which further helps reduce the symptoms of anemia.

SCIENTIFIC VIEW

Yes, Punarnava might help manage bronchial asthma. It helps remove mucus from the respiratory tract due to its expectorant property and ease breathing.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Bronchial asthma is a condition that occurs due to an imbalance of Kapha dosha, which results in the accumulation of mucus in the respiratory pathway. This leads to blockage in the air passages making breathing uncomfortable. Punarnava helps prevent mucus production and reduces asthma symptoms, resulting in easy breathing due to its Kapha balancing and Rasayana (rejuvenation) properties.

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