Synonym:Euphorbia microphylla Lam.Chamaesyce thymifolia (L.) Millsp.
Bengali/Vernacular name:Dudhia, Swetkan, Swetkerui, Swetkarni, Hat vangri.
Tribal name: Bheeng-shey-bawn (Rakhaing).
English name:Gulf sandmat.
Description of the plant: A prostrate annual herb, more or less hispidly pubescent. Stem divaricately branched, slender, terete and glabrous beneath, extending up to 25 cm long, cylindric. Leaves opposite, very small, 3-6 mm, obliquely oblong or elliptic-oblong, rounded at the apex and at the base, crenulate. Involucres axillary, solitary or 2-3 in an axil, campanulate, purplish. Fruit a capsule, trigonous.
Plant parts used: Leaf, root, whole plant.
Herbal uses:A decoction made with the plant is taken thrice a day (50 ml amount each time) for three days to treat diarrhoea.
Powder preapred from the leaves of the plant is given to treat bowel complaints of children.
Poultice of leaves is applied to areas of dislocated bones and skin complaints to treat it.
Decoction prepared from the roots of the plant is taken two times a day (100 ml amount each time) until the women amenorrhoea is cured.
Vegetable soup made with the plant is taken for the treatment of constipation and bleeding piles.
Paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied to the affected area for the treatment of snake bite.
A decoction made from the leaves of the plant is taken twice a day (30 ml amount each time) until the asthma, cough, and bronchitis are cured.
Distribution: It occurs throughout the country.
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