Family: Asteraceae

Synonym: Eupatorium triplinerve Vahl, Eupatorium ayapana Vent.                        

Bengali/Vernacular name: Ayapan, Ayapana.

Tribal name: Paihu (Marma), Baishak (Tanchangya).

English name: Ayapan, White snakeroot. 

Description of the Plant: A glabrous, erect, perennial herb, growing up to 60 cm or more. Leaves sessile, lanceolate. Leaves smooth, opposite, narrowly elliptic or lanceolate, 5-8 cm long, triplinerved, pointed at both ends, distantly toothed or nearly entire margins. Flowering heads numerous, 6-13 mm long, bearing about 20 pink flowers, 6-7 mm long. Fruit achenes, narrowly oblong, 5-angled, and about 2 mm long. Pappus about 3 mm long.

Plant parts Used: Leaf.

Traditional Uses: The leaves of the plant are widely used as a tea for the treatment against chronic diarrhea, lung diseases, influenza, chest cold, pneumonia and constipation, and also as an antidote for snake bites.
Decoction prepared from leaves of the plant is used as a cardiac stimulant, increasing the force of the heart beat but diminishing its frequency.
Externally, the leaves are used to treat badly infected wounds.
Leaf infusion is used for burning sensations in the stomach, indigestion, diarrhea, insomnia, nausea, ulcers, and vomiting. 
Decoction made with leaves of the plant is used for flatulence, itches, and boils.
A gargle prepared from the leaves is used to relieve thrush, scurvy, and angina.
Infusion made with leaves of the plant is used for dyspepsia, other bowel problems.
Paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied to forehead for relieve headache.
Leaf juice is swished around the mouth for gingivitis and mouth ulcers.
Leaf decoction is used for chest cold, constipation, fever, pneumonia, and yellow fever.
Bruised leaves used for cleaning surfaces of foul smelling ulcers.

Distribution: It is cultivated in gardens.

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