Wedelia calendulacea Less.

In de Ajurvedische geneeskunde is de struik Wedelia calendulacea, bekend onder de naam Pita bringharaj, onder andere bekend voor zijn leverbeschermende werking. Uit onderzoek blijkt deze plant een gelijkaardige werking op de lever uitoefent als Mariadistel , Silybum marianum.
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Wedelia calendulacea Less.  Compositae


Wedelia calendulacea Less.

Description:

Prostrate perennial herb with erect stems, 20-40 cm. high. Leaves opposite, subsessile, coarsely toothed, with coarse hairs on both sides. Inflorescence in axillary and terminal solitary head on long stalk; flowers yellow, the outer linear and the inner tubular. The fruit is an achene. All parts of the herb have an almond - oil odour when crushed.

Flowering period:

March - May.

Distribution:
Grows wild in wet places and is cultivated.

Parts used:

The whole plant, except for the roots, harvested all the year round, can be used fresh or dried.

Chemical composition:

The whole plant contains tannin, saponins, carotene, isoflavonoids and wedelolactone.

Therapeutic uses:

The whole plant, except for the roots, is well known for its antibacterial, demulcent and antifebrile properties. It is indicated in the treatment of phlegmon, boils, impetigo, mastitis, abscesses, cystitis, cold and eruptive fever, in a daily dose of 50 to 100 g of fresh leaves in the form of an expressed juice or 20 to 40g of dried plant in the form of a decoction or extract. A decoction of the fresh plant is used for bathing babies to prevent lichen tropicus.

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