Multiple biological activities of Boerhaavia diffusa Linn. (punarnava): An overview

M. Nandave, D. Nandave, S. K. Ojha, S. Goyal, S. Kumari, A. D. Singh

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In Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine, punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) is commonly used as diuretic, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antifibrinolytic, antibacterial, and antiviral agent. The whole plant as well as its specific parts (leaves, roots and stems), plant extracts and its active constituent punarnavine, have been widely used for the treatment of a large number of human ailments. Several epidemiological, clinical and experimental studies have demonstrated the multiple biological activities of punarnava. This review summarizes the most interesting studies on the various biological activities of punarnava.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-427
Number of pages11
JournalIndian Drugs
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Anticonvulsant
  • Antioxidant
  • Boerhaavia diffusa
  • Diuretic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery


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