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Persicaria chinensis (L.) H. Gross

Family: Polygonaceae
Growth Habit: Undershrub

Tribal Name: Agunitita (Tanchangya), Crongma (Tripura), Ichadar (Chakma), Izhadar shag (Chakma), Nyoya loing biyong (Marma), Athok kaiching Dalok (Tripura), Yung krum (Murong).

Description of the Plant:

Large scrambling undershrub. Leaves ovate, acuminate. Flowers in ovoid and rounded heads, solitary or 3-5 or more at branch ends, white or pink. Achenes trigonous.

Mode of Uses:

A leaf extract is taken for the treatment of jaundice, and young shoots are eaten as a vegetable (Chakma).

Pills prepared from the paste of leaves are taken twice or thrice daily for puerperal fever (Tanchangya).

Roots with 13 other plants (see Allium sativum) are used to make pills to be taken thrice daily before food for the treatment of abdominal tumours (Tripura).

Young shoots are cooked as vegetables with small fish(Chakma, Tripura, Marma) .

Distribution:

Almost throughout the country.

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