Thursday, December 27, 2018

Amazing Benefits of Purslane to Traditional Treatment

Amazing Benefits of Purslane

Purslane can be grown in any place; can be on the side of the road, on the sidewalk between the walls, even in the mud to the side of the sewer or in a ditch. This plant can almost live anywhere, from tropical to sub-tropical regions.

That means that this plant is found in almost many countries in the world. Plus the many benefits, the plants that are "easy to grow in many countries" have been named as the WHO priority as a world medicinal plant.

That is, if there is no medicine or far from the nearest hospital or clinic, this plant can be used temporarily as an initial treatment or it can be recovered. Moreover, many villages in parts of the world are still far from hospitals, clinics, or medical centers, even far from small towns, for example in Africa or in the interior of Asia.

But with this plant they can easily find it and then remove it to be used as medicine. So it is well suited for easy-to-live plants wherever it becomes the WHO priority world medicinal plant. The good news, this plant also grows wild in Indonesia and can be used as food or medicine.

We often ignore some wild plants that grow in the backyard or in the bush. Few know that some of them are drugs that are sought after by many people to treat their diseases.

One of them is a plant called Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) or some call it a weed purslene.

So, some of you must have seen or met him on the roadside, or in bushes, even growing around the house, but not infrequently removed and thrown away because they were considered "garbage plants" or a kind of disturbing grass.

Not infrequently Purslane was removed and thrown away, perhaps because Purslane was considered an ordinary plant, which usually grows in rice fields, roadside, at the edge of a sewer or ditch, until in the mud, then plants that are considered like grass are just thrown away because only weeds , even considered the grass family.

Purslane has many names throughout the world depending on where it is mentioned by local residents. Purslane is also known as Resereyan or sometimes referred to as an "ordinary bracelet". In Persia it is called khorfe, in the western countries it is known as common purslane, verdolaga, little hogweed, red root or pursley.

Physical Characteristics of Purslane

To find out the characteristics of this plant is very easy. But keep in mind that plants that have many benefits also have something that looks similar and TOXIC. That will be discussed later.

The physical characteristics of this plant, if it is old enough, Purslane stems are purplish red, fat and thick. The leaves are also thick and fleshy, and the flowers are yellow sulfur.

Purslane plant leaves are single leaves with an oval-shaped green, or shaped like water droplets, that is at the tip and blunt base.

The edges of the leaves of plants that have many benefits are flat and fleshy, having a length of about 1-3 cm and a width of 1-2 cm. While yellowish flower Purslane is a compound flower or has a lot of flowers, and is located at the end of its branches.

Purslane plants also have green petals, crowns, and wings. Heart-shaped Purslane flower crowns have 3-5 white and yellow pistil heads.

Purslane belongs to the Portulacaceae family of plants and has many species that were originally named Portulaca.

Purslane can reach a height of 50 cm and is usually used as a plant to feed livestock. About 40 varieties of this plant have been cultivated.

There are several Purslane species such as Portulaca amilis (in Paraguay), Portulaca biloba (Cuba), Portulaca caulerpoides (Puerto Rico), Portulaca kuriensis (Yemen), and many others. In Indonesia it is usually the most grown species of Purslane cultivar and Portulaca oleracea.

Benefits and Uses

This plant has even been known throughout the world as an edible plant while having health benefits. Purslane contains important antioxidants and vitamins. In addition, Purslane also contains a large amount of protein which will give you enough energy.

The following are the benefits of purslane plants for health:

  • Omega-3. Loaded with Omega-W fatty acids, it has the ability to protect you from stroke and heart disease.
  • Reducing ADHD in autistic children and other development problems.
  • Vitamin A. contains the most vitamin A from all green leafy vegetables that can really protect you from cancer.
  • Calcium and iron. Loaded with calcium and iron which is very important for bones.
  • Beta Carotene. Contains seven times more Beta Carotene than carrots.
  • Vitamin E. contains six times more Vitamin E than spinach.
  • Contains large amounts of vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.

Note: However, people who suffer from urinary stones are recommended to avoid consumption of Purslane because it contains Oxalic Acid. Oxalate is a natural substance that can be found in some vegetables that can crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people.

In culinary

Even though Purslane is considered a weed in the United States; it is also eaten as a vegetable leaf, has an acidic and salty taste, and is eaten in many regions of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Mexico.

Purslane is also used as a dish in India, Yemen, Greece and many other countries. In Europe, it is cultivated as a vegetable at an altitude of 1800 mdpl.

Purslane can be consumed regularly, and can store it in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days, but it is recommended to consume it when the leaves are still fresh and not withered.

Other Uses

Purslane plants can be used as natural insecticides. This is because Purslane contains tannins, phosphates, and mainly contains large amounts of magnesium.

Besides Purslane also contains iron, aluminum, manganese, calcium, potassium, and sodium, and even contains urea which can kill insects or insects.

As Medicine

Purslane is used as a WHO as a list of priority medicinal plants in the world, and 23 countries have used this plant. In Chinese, this drug is known as ma chia xian.

In Chinese pharmacology, it is said to cure dysentery. In addition, it is sedative, urine laxative, and a tonic.

There are a myriad of uses or benefits of Purslane plants in general as drugs or as painkillers, including:

Headache, stomach ache, painful urination (painful urination), dysentery, inflammation of the intestine (enteritis), burns, pain / inflammation of the ear, insect stings, skin sores (ulcers), severe itching on the skin (Pruritus), Eczema, Abscesses, Colitis, Appendicitis, Skin infections (Dermatitis), Shingles, Fever, and also for Diabetes.

Beware! Plants like Purslane are Poisonous

Meanwhile, from the Vegetable Police youtube account, there are plants like Purslane which are poisonous and can be deadly. The account also states that you are alert, not just taking it to be used as medicine or for consumption.

Beware! Plants like Purslane are Poisonous. In the middle of the leaf is a dark color, like dark brown.

In general, this plant is indeed similar to Purslane. But if observed, it turns out the leaves in this plant are different. In the middle of the leaf is a dark color, like dark brown. In addition, the stem is also slimmer and the leaves are also very thin. But the growth remains flat like vines and there are also roadside edges.

Strength of Purslane Seeds or Seeds

Purslane is square or round, green, and has many seeds.

The seeds are small round shiny, black. Root system of purslane plants, namely taproot.

To plant these plants, can use the seeds that can last long. Purslane seeds are very strong, so they can live up to 25 years.

So if you try to control the number of Purslane because it is considered a weed, weed, or pest plant, one thing is certain: do not remove the seeds.

Because if the seeds are loose and fall to the ground, it will likely grow again, either now or later in a few months or maybe years. So if the Purslane seeds are still healthy in the fabric but have not yet grown, then the chances of growth are still very large, up to the next 25 years.

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