Health benefits of Scoparia Weed

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Scoparia Weed Quick Facts
Name: Scoparia Weed
Scientific Name: Scoparia dulcis
Origin Distributed throughout tropical and subtropical regions of India, America, Brazil, West Indies, and Myanmar.
Colors Brown
Shapes Capsules
Scoparia dulcis Linn is a substantial ethnomedicinal plant which is commonly known as sweet broom weed is a perennial plant which is distributed widely in subtropical and tropical regions of India, Brazil, America, Myanmar and West Indies. India is blessed with natural resources and ancient knowledge for the judicious utilization. Firstly, humankind utilized material found in environment on empirical basis for curing various health ailments.

Plant description

It is a branched herb having wiry stems that grows upto 1 meter tall. Leaves are 3-notely whorled, obovate-oblong to oblanceolate measuring 1.4-3.5 x 0.8 -1.5 cm, subacute at apex, tapering to base and coarsely crenate-serrate from above base and is glabrous on both surfaces. Flowers are small and white that occurs in leaf axils. Petioles measures 9 mm long. Pedicles are 5-7 mm long and are glabrous. Calyx lobes are oval to oblong measuring 2.5-3 x l mm, glabrous within and without and is ciliate at margins. It has green stamens and ovary. Roots are profusely branched. The plant blooms small and white flowers in small 2-4 or 5 flowered inflorescence. Seeds are minute and many.

Traditional uses

  • Plant (fresh or dried) are used as an aid for treatment of kidney stones, stomach ailments, diabetes, hypertension, haemorrhoids, bronchitis, antipyretic, analgesic and urinary disorders.
  • It relieves pain and urinary tract infections.
  • The plant is used for treating ailments such as stomach ache, diarrhea, kidney problems, kidney stones and fever.
  • It is used to treat digestive problems, fever, pulmonary conditions, hypertension, skin disorders, dysentery, anemia, insect bites, diabetes, albuminuria and herpes.
  • Leaves and young shoots are eaten as vegetable.
  • The whole plant is useful for treatment of herpes, colds, coughs, nausea, fevers, dizziness and also as an antidote for snake bites as well as cassava intoxication.
  • In infants, it provides relief from vomiting when used with milk and when used in large doses, it persuades vomiting to clear out the digestive system.
  • Plant decoction is used to treat gonorrhea and remittent fever and also to induce labour.
  • Use fresh or dried plants externally used to treat various skin problems such as ulcers, bruises, pimples, eczema and impetigo.
  • In Brazil, it is used for treating wounds and hemorrhoids.

References:

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/29f1/594e17f98c4276a5d35fe0b8cc57a651f997.pdf

https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=34029#null

https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=33402

https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Scoparia+dulcis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoparia_dulcis

https://scialert.net/fulltextmobile/?doi=pharmacologia.2012.344.347

http://medicinalplants.us/scoparia-dulcis-l-sweet-broomweed

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