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.
Tribal Name: Kalahalood (Chakma), Cepaimba (Marma).
Description of the Plant:A stemless, small, rhizomatous herb, up to 20 cm tall. Rhizome small, deep purple within. Leaves 1-several, 8-16 cm long, obovate to elliptic, slightly unequal sided, acute or acuminate, base, subcordate, peliole short, channeled. Flowers few in a sessile central tuft; corolla white; lip ovate-cuneate, emerginate, white with purple blotch at the middle.
Chakma in Rangamati use juice of the rhizome for the treatment of goiter and dysentery. Paste of rhizome and leaf is applied in poisonous insect bite. Tanchangya tribe use rhizome juice for the treatment of diarrhoea. Marma of Khagrachari district use this plant to stop bleeding from nose. For this purpose few drops of rhizome juice is pour into the nostril and leaf paste is applied over nose (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Available in the homestead of tribal healers.