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Burmese Indigenous Medicinal Plants

by Daw Mya Bwin and U Sein Gwan, Pharmacology Research Division, Department of Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Rangoon, 1973.

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   See Plants for hypertensive action
08. Bidens pilosa -- Burmese name, nil; English name, nil

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08. Bidens pilosa Linn.

Family as given by authors: Compositae


Burmese name: Nil.

Bidens Pilosa Linn. Sp. Pl. 832. (1753).
Budens biternata Merrill et Scherff.
English common name: Nil.

Erect annual herb; Stems quadrangular, grooved; branches opposite. Leaves very variable, alternate, sometimes 3-foliate, but usually consisting of 2 subopposite pairs of leaflets and a deeply 3-lobed terminal leaflet which is larger than the lateral ones, the lowest pair of leaflets sometimes again pinnately divided; ultimate leaflets subsessile, ovate, acute, serrate, glabrous; common     petioles somewhat dilated and sheathing at the base. Flower heads yellow. Fruit achenes, linear, quadrangular, slightly tapering towards the apex. Family Compositae. Flowering in May.

Maymyo, Katha, Pakokku and Taunggyi (locality, Mye-byu village). Common along the water courses.

The watery extract of the plant is used to test the hypotensive action. fn20-01
Infusion of the plant taken in Malaya for coughs.
In Brazil leaves are used as styptic and as vulnerary, applied to foul ulcers and swollen glands. fn20-02


fn20-01Diaz-Fantinelii. M. (1965). Some pharmacocynamic effects induced by Bidens pilosa Linn. (Compositae). Revta form. (B. Aires.) 107, 199-201. In: Int. Pharm. Abstr. (199) 3, 1048. fn20-01b

fn20-02 Chopra, R. N., S. L. Nayar & I. C. Chopra (1956). Glossary of Indian medicinal piants. p. 37. New Delhi Council of Scientific & Industrial Research. fn20-02b

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