Family: Apiaceae

Synonym:Hydrocotyle rotundifolia Roxb. ex DC.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Gimashak.

Tribal name: Kutithankuni (Hajong).

English name: Lawn marshpennywort.

Description of the plant: A perennial herb, stem creeping or terminally ascending, terete, glabrous, sparsely pubescent. Leaves simple, 0.2-1.2 X 0.5-2.5 cm, alternate, ovate, orbicular, reniform, lobed, entire or fringed, glabrous to glabrescent, stipulate, petiole up to 5 cm long, deeply cordate. Inflorescence in umbel on long pedeuncle; flowers 3 to many, more or less compact, greenish-white.

Plant parts used: Leaf, stem, whole plant.

Herbal uses: Juice extracted from the leaves of the plant is taken for the treatment of fever.

An extract made with the leaves and stems of the plant is used for having hot bath once a day for two days to treat itching.

Poultice isused for wounds and boilstreatment.

Cottonseed-sized pills made with the dried leaves of the plant are taken once a day (one pill) for seven days to treat influenza.

A fresh juice extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant is taken thrice a day (5 ml amount each time) until the jaundice is cured.

Pea-sized pills made with the leaves and stems of the plant are taken thrice a day (one pill each time)  for one month to treat cirorhosis.

Decoction prepared from the leaves of the plant is used to treat abscesses, cold, cough, hepatitis, influenza, pruritus, and sore throat.

Juice of the plant mixed with honey, used for typhoid feverremedy.

Distribution: It grows naturally in almost all districts.

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