... BAI - BUA - BOK...


Asiatic Pennywort : Thai name is Bai Bua Bok

It is a small, annual, slender, creeping herb. It has long-stalked,

green reniform leaves with rounded apices

that have smooth texture with palmately netted veins.

The stems are creeping in nature,

green to reddish green in color, interconnecting one plant to another.

The flowers are pinkish to red in color, born in small,

rounded bunches near the surface of the soil.

Each flower is partly enclosed in 2 green bracts.

The hermaphrodite flowers are minute in size (less than 3 mm),

with 5-6 corolla lobes per flower.

Each flower bears 5 stamens and 2 styles.

Pennywort's rootstock consists of rhizomes, growing vertically down.

They are creamish in color and covered with root hairs.

Fruits are small and flattened.

Medicinal Uses :

It has been used for wound healing,

better circulation, memory enhancement,

cancer, vitality, general tonic, respiratory ailments,

detoxifying the body, treatment of skin disorders

(such as psoriasis and eczema),

revitalizing connective tissue, burns and scars treatment,

clearing up skin infections, slimming and edema,

arthritis, rheumatism, treatment of liver and kidneys,

periodontal disease, strengthening of veins (varicose veins),

blood purifier, high blood pressure,

sedative, anti-stress, anti-anxiety, an aphrodisiac,

immune booster, anabolic and adaptogen etc.