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: Shwet kerui, Dudhiya, Swetkan.
Description of the plant:
A small, slender, annual prostrate herb, more or less hispidly pubescent. Leaves opposite, very small, 3-6 mm long, obliquely oblong or elliptic-oblong, erenulate. Involucres axillary, solitary or 2-3 in an axil, campanulate, 0.8 mm long. Capsule minute, hairy.
The fresh plant is considered vulnerary and galactagogue; used in ophthalmia and other eye troubles, ardor, sores, atrophy, dysentery and Brest pain. It is an effective drug for bronchial asthma. Juice of the plant is used for ringworm, diarrhoea and dysentery; mixed with fresh goat milk is given to cure blood dysentery. Leaves and seeds are astringent, stimulant, anthelmintic and laxative; given to children in bowel complaints. Root is used in amenorrhoea (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Plant contains an essential oil, flavonoids, n-alkanes, n-hexacosanol, two derivatives of deoxyphorbol acetate, ester, sterol, epitaraxerol, euphorbol, methylene cycloartenol, quercretin galactoside and a large number of hydrolisable tannins. Roots contain taraxerol, tirucallol and other sterols (Ghani, 2003).
Throughout Bangladesh in fallow lands.