The Punarnava Boerhavia Diffusa plant promotes cellular re-incarnation. Punarnava means "makes old cells new" or "one that renews the old body
“Punarha” = again.
“Navaha” = new.
The old cell transfers its energy (through chemistry) to the new cell. The old body is renewed. Re-incarnation occurs on the cellular level. Cellular memory (“smriti”) is revitalised and restored to perfect health.
It is a superb herb to rejuvenate the kidneys and enhance lymphatic drainage (prabhava).
English: Indian/Spreading Hogweed
Latin: Boerhaavia diffusa
Sveta Purnanava (Boerhaavia repens) is another variety of Punarnava that has a white flower. This is more potent and rare.
Its English name “Spreading Hogweed,” is a good description of how this plant spreads as a selfish weed across the ground. Farmers usually chuck the plant out in the trash.
Rasa (taste): Astringent, Bitter, Sweet.
Virya (energy): Cooling
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent
Gunas (quality): Dry, light.
Dosha: VPK-, V+ in excess
Svedopaga (Adjuvants to Sudation therapy)
Kasaghna (Cures Cough)
Kidneys and Lymphatic
Punarnava Boerhavia Diffusa enhances lymphatic drainage and rejuvenates the kidneys. Helps in nephritis or impaired urinary function. Excellent to reduce excess fluids, swelling, oedema and congestion from excess kapha. Thus, also helps reduce scrotal and abdomen enlargement.
It increases digestive fire (deepana) and stimulates sluggish digestion. It absorbs fluids from the digestive system and can be constipating. It helps remove poisons and worms.
Punarnava’s reduces medas dhatu (fat tissue) and balances mutravaha srotas (urinary channels).
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