Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh includes the authentic Taxonomic Information, Vernacular/Bangla Name, Tribal and English Name, Family, Description and Photograph of the Plants, Chemical Constituents, Uses and Distribution of the species in Bangladesh. MPBD also contain dictionary of Botanical and Pharmacological terms.
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Bethusag, Batuashak.
English Name: Lamb's Quarters, Goose Foot.
An annual herb, 0.3-2 m high. Leaves very variable in size and shape, reaching up to 10 cm long, oblong, rhombic, deltoid or lanceolate, entire, toothed or irregularly lobutate; upper leaves smaller and more entire than the lower. Flowers very small in clusters, forming complex or lax paniculate often mealy spikes.
The plants are laxative and diuretic; used in piles, dysentery, anoerexia and hiccup. Decoction of the plant is aperient, tonic, diuretic and aphrodisiac Leaves are anthelmintic; given in hepatic disorders and in splenic enlargement; infusion is used for curing intestinal ulcers. Flowers and buds are used in stomach trouble, weakness in children and for fattening.
EtOH (50%) ext. of the plant is CNS depressant (Asolkar et al., 1992).
Aerial parts contain essential oil, mineral salts, albuninoids and other nitrogenous compounds, carotene and vitamin C. Oxalic acid is also present in the aerial parts. Roots contain ecdysteroids, ß-ecdysone and polypodine B (Ghani, 2003).
Commonly available as a winter weed in fallow lands throughout the country.