ALTERNANTHERA SESSILIS (PONNAKANNI KEERAI) HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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HEALTH BENEFITS:

Alternanthera sessilis/Gudri sag/ Ponnanganni is used for medicinal purpose not in Indian traditional medicine system but also in many countries of Africa. The plant is bitter, sweet, constipating and cooling in action. This is a non-toxic plant and eaten as vegetable and salad. The young shoots contain five percent protein and 16.7 mg (per 100 g) iron. Leaves also contain a good amount of alpha- and beta-tocopherols.

In Ayurveda, It is given to treat diarrhoea, skin diseases, night blindness, indigestion, and fever. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India indicates the use of dried whole plant in diseases due to vitiated blood and obstinate skin diseases. For medicinal purpose, the dried powder of whole plant is taken in dose of 2-3 grams.

The people of Ghana, uses decoction of plant to stop vomiting of blood and Nigerian sniffs the leaf sap for treating pain in nerves.

Whole plant of Ponnanganni is used both internally and externally.

External uses:

The topical application of leaf paste is used for drawing foreign object such as spines, stings from the body.

The leaves powder is also applied externally on snakebites.

Fresh leaves are applied over eyes for styes (Inflammation of one or more sebaceous glands of an eyelid), conjunctivitis and chronic inflammation of the eyelid.

Internal uses:

The whole plant is used for increasing breast milk, promoting bile flow, inducing abortion, and for curing fever.

The soup prepared from fresh plant is helpful in increasing breast milk and toning up of liver.

Fresh leaves juice (1 tablespoon) mixed with garlic clove is folk remedy for asthma, chronic cough, and intermittent fever.

For spermatorrhoea (Involuntary discharge of semen without orgasm), the leaf juice (1 tablespoon) is mixed with coriander leaf juice (1 teaspoon) and wood apple leaf juice (1 teaspoon). This is taken with milk every night for 2 months. For sexual debility, grated coconut and leaves (1:10) are fried in ghee and eaten with rice or roti.

For bleeding piles, two tablespoon leaf juice of Alternanthera sessilis is mixed with radish leaf juice (2 tablespoon) and given 2-3 times a day for one month.

MINERALS:

Nutrient value per 100g

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUIE

Fiber

2.8 g     

Fat

0.7 g     

Calories

73

Water content

77.4 g                                  

Protein

5.0 g     

Mineral Salts

2.5 g                                                                     

Sugar

11.6 g  

Calcium

510 Mg

Phosphorus

60 Mg

Iron

16.7 Mg              

Vitamin C

17 mg

Riboflavin

0.14 Mg

Niacin

1.2 Mg

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