Tree Spinach

Pisonia grandis R.Br (Nyctaginaceae) is widely distributed throughout India and is a widespread evergreen tree commonly known as ‘Leechai kottai keerai’ in Tamil and ‘Sahruda Cheera’ in Malayalam. Leaves, stems and roots of this species are extensively used by the tribals in the preparation of several folk medicines. The plant is traditionally used as anti-rheumatic and antifungal. This plant is also pharmacologically studied for its anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, diuretic, analgesic and wound healing properties. Further studies reveal the presence of various phytochemical constituents mainly alkaloids, phenolic compounds and flavanoids. This will be helpful to create interest towards Pisonia grandis and may be useful in developing new formulations with more therapeutic and economical value.
Pisonia grandis is distributed throughout India from the Himalayas down to Ceylon. The plant is used traditionally as an antifungal and anti-rheumatic2. Leaves are useful in chronic rheumatism, wound healing and also used as vegetable.
Important features
·        Anti-oxidant
·        Anti-microbial
·        Anti-inflammatory
·        Anti-diabetic
·        Diuretic, analgesic and wound healing properties

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