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Wedelia chinensis (Osbeck) Merrill

Wedelia calendulacea Less.
Solidago chinensis Osbeck

Group: Dicot
Family: Asteraceae - Aster family
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Herb

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Bhimraj, Bhimra, Mahabhringaraj, Kasarj, Bhringaraj

Tribal Name: Bhimraj (Tanchangya), Paihoo (Chakma)

Description of the Plant:

Herbs, procumbent or ascending, rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves spathulate-oblanceolate, acute, trinerved, entire or feebly serrate. Heads yellow, solitary or terminal peduncles

Chemical Constituents:

The plant contains alkaloids, saponins, tannin, flavonoids, a lactone, wedelolactone and nor-wedilic acid. Expressed juice of herb contains an oil-soluble black dye, waxy compounds, phytosterols, carotene and resin. The plant also contains inorganic salts, siliceous materials, pectin and mucin (Ghani, 2003).

Mode of Uses:

A decoction of the herb is deobstruent; used in uterine haemorrhage and menorrhagia Pills prepared from a paste of the leaves are taken twice or thrice daily for the treatment of dysentery (Tanchangya).

The plant is used for rheumatic fever and headache (Tripura).


Chittagong, Dhakam Mymensingh, Patuakhali, Tangail and Nijum Deep.

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