Synonym: Mentha varians Host
Bengali/Vernacular name: Pudina.
Tribal name: Kuruea (Marma).
English name: Japanese mint.
Description of the Plant: An herbaceous perennial plant growing to 10-60 cm (rarely to 100 cm) tall. Leaves opposite pairs, simple, 2-6.5 cm long and 1–2 cm broad, ovate, hairy, and with a coarsely serrated margin. Flowers pale purple (occasionally white or pink), in distant clusters on the stem, each flower 3-4 mm long. Nutlets ovoid, brown, smooth.
Plant parts Used: Leaf.
Uses: Fresh juice extracted from the leaves of the plant is taken three
times a day (5 ml amount each time) for one week to treat dyspepsia.
The juice extracted from the leaves of the plant is taken twice a day (10 ml amount each time) until the jaundice is cured.
Infusion of leaves is used for indigestion, rheumatic pain, arthritis, and inflamed joints.
Crushed fresh plants or leaves are sniffed for dizziness.
Decoction and infusion of leaves and stems is used for fever, stomach aches, dysmenorrhea, and diuresis treatment.
Pounded leaves are used to treat insect bite, fever, toothache, and headache.
A powder made with the dried leaves of the plant is taken with water twice a day (5 g amount each time) for five days to treat insomnia.
The juice extracted from the leaves of the plant is taken to stop vomiting.
Distribution: It is cultivated in gardens throughout the country.
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