LESS KNOWN USES OF WEED AS MEDICINAL PLANT

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Despite the fact that the weed is a serious problem in agriculture and it reduces the productivity of agricultural crops, it is still the most underrated herbal solution for many human diseases. Therefore, instead of eradicating it as through pest control, it is proposed by agriculturists to use these weeds wisely. Keeping this in view, the medicinal utility of such weeds can be explored and shared in a positive way.

Here are some of the common uses of weed plant:

Abutilon indicum

Infusion of roots is used orally in chronic fever. A poultice of leaves is applied on boils and ulcers. The leaf decoction is given in bronchitis, diarrhea, gonorrhea, arthritis and fever.

Acalypha indica

The whole plant is useful in bronchitis asthma, pneumonia and rheumatism.

Achyranthes aspera

The root paste is given for easy delivery. It is also given with cold water to stop bleeding after abortion. Root paste is applied externally in scorpion sting. Extract of leaves is externally massed in sciatica. Crushed leaves are externally used on old boils and also applied over insect bite. Children suffering from fever are given a bath in the Amaranthus spinosus.

Extract of root is externally used for ripening of boils. Roots are externally used in eczema.

Leaves are used as vegetable. The ash of plants is used in dyeing.

Ammania baccifera

Dried leaves are added to beetle leaf and are given for the treatment of venereal diseases. For related information, see more.

Argemene Mexicana

A decoction of the root is an eye wash, a mouth was and a lotion for inflammatory swelling. Yellow sap from the stem is used in conjunctivitis. Juice of the leaves is given in dropsy, jaundice, skin diseases and gonorrhea. Seeds are given in cough, catarrhal affections, asthma and whooping cough. Seeds made into paste with mustard oil, is used in eczema, scabies and measles.

Bacopa monnieri  

Leaves are taken in chronic fever and also to improve memory and as a tonic for nervous disorder. A poultice made of the boiled plant is placed on the chest of children suffering from cough.

A parasite found in the root is taken with milk and sugar to cure chronic fever and catarrh.

The ash of the plant is rich in potash and used for washing clothes.

The leaves are used as a pot herb.

Justicia adhatoda

Juice of the leaves is an expectorant.  If softens the thick sputum and thus bring about quick relief in bronchitis.

Leaves are used in packing or storing fruits as they are not easily attach by fungi and insects. They are also utilized for obtaining a yellow dye.

Ageratum conyzoides

The leaf paste acts as an antiseptic and is applied in fresh cuts to stop bleeding.

The leaf juice with the ‘Nim Oil’ is externally applied in skin diseases. An infusion of the seeds is given as a tonic in diarrhea and flatulent colic. The juice is used in prolapse of the anus.

Alternanthera sessilis

Whole plant is externally used in snake bite. Extract of plant is taken in dysentery.

Andrographis paniculata (green chireta)

Extract of whole plant is useful in curing fever, worms and dysentery, dyspepsia and lever disorders. Extract of leaves is taken in stomach trouble. Pound plant in mustard oil is used to check itching.

Barleria prionitis

The paste of the roots and leaves is applied to disperse boils and swellings. It is also used to relieve tooth-ache. The juice of bark is given in dropsy.

Calotropis procera

Root bark paste is applied on elephantiasis. A poultice of roasted leaves is applied to inflammatory swelling and rheumatic joints. The latex of plant is used in dropsy, leprosy, etc. Powdered flowers with black pepper and ash of barley seeds are mixed together and given orally in rose water during cholera.

Cannabis sativa

Leaves and seeds are crushed and mixed with sugar, are taken in stomach trouble and indigestion. The dried leaves and flowers are given in dyspepsia, gonorrhea and also in a nervine stimulant.

Eclipta prostrate  

A place paste mixed with sesame oil is used in elephantiasis and skin diseases. It is also used in headache and toothache. The juice from the fresh leaves when mixed with ‘Nim Oil’ is applied to promote the growth of hairs. The extract of whole plant is taken for chronic fever.

Xanthium sarumarium

Roots are taken as a good tonic. Leaves are given in scrofula and herpes. The plant decoction is given in long standing malarial fever and diseases of urinary systems.

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