Family: Rubiaceae

Synonym:Hedyotis corymbosa (L.) Lam.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Khet papri, Panki.

Tribal name: Bhuti tida (Chakma), Gango-bawn (Rakhaing).

English name: Pearl grass, Snake tongue grass.

Description of the plant: A slender, erect or spreading, sparsely branched, annual herb, 20-50 cm in length. Leaves 2-4.5 cm long, subsessile, linear or linear-lanceolate, acute. Flowers very small, white, on filiform pedicels, longer than the calyx, usually 2-3 on the top of a very slender, axillary, solitary peduncle.Capsules globose to ovoid, longitudinally dehiscent.

Plant parts used: Leaf, root.

Herbal uses: Fresh juice extracted from the plant is taken two times a day (20 ml amount each time) until the jaundice and liver disorder is cured.

Leaves and roots of the plant areused to improve circulation and treat inflammation.

Decoction prepared from the plant is taken twice a day (10 ml amount each time) for five days to treat abdominal pain and stomachache.

The plant is used as mouthwash for toothache.

Poultice of leaves isused for sore eyes and woundstreatment. 

An extract made with the plant by boiling in water is taken three times a day until the remittent fever is cured.

The juice of the plant is applied to the hands and feet to cool them when the patient has a fever.

The plant is used for the treatment of dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, constipation, helminthiasis, leprosy, bronchitis, viral infections, cancer, acne, boils, appendicitis, and hepatitis.

Distribution: The species occurs almost throughout the country.

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