The scientific name of this medicinal plant is Alternanthera pungens. The family of this medicinal plant is Amaranthaceae.
The common name of this medicinal plant is Khaki weed, or Creeping chaffweed. Khaki weed is a pot herb creeping, perennial with stems radical.
The leaves of this medicinal plant are sub circular and ovate, measuring 2-5 cm long and 1 to 5 cm wide, the apex obtuse base, the petiole of the grass Creeping chaffweed is 2-5 mm long.
Alternanthera pungens has axillary sessile spikes 1-2 cm long and 7-8 mm wide. This medicinal plant has stamens 5, united at the base into short tube, with anthers 1.5 mm long. Parts of this medicinal plant used for medicinal purposes.
Among the medicinal properties of this plant are: purification of blood, and all sorts of impurities, decongestant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti liver ailments, kidney problems, diarrhea in children and teething problems in children.
But the best known property of Khaki weed is the cure of colic in children.
Alternanthera pungens consists of steroids triterpenes alpha-and beta-espinasterol, leucoantocianidinas saponins, alkaloids, essential oil which consists of: canfeno, alpha-Pinene, Myrcene, p-cymene, limonene, alpha-cymene, bomeol, curcumeno, camphor, acetate bomilo, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-terpineol acetate elemol, eudesmol and azulenes.
Recipes from this medicinal plant:
Decoction has placed a spoonful of this medicinal plant per liter of water, boil for 3 to 5 minutes. In children is prepared an infusion of one teaspoon per cup of boiling water can be mixed with milk from a bottle.