By Dr Renita D’Souza
Sunishannaka (Marsilea minuta) in Ayurveda is considered as one of the wholesome diet included under vegetables. In ancient classical text books, Sunishannaka is mentioned as one among the combination of herbs used for the treatment of piles, vataraktha (gout), urusthamaba (thigh stiffness), cough of vata origin etc. The whole plant acts as astringent, coolant, digestive, diuretic, hypnotic and expectorant. It is used to treat insomnia, mental disorders, kidney infection, skin diseases, hepatitis, diarrhea, bronchitis, diabetes etc. It induces sleep (sedative), purifies blood and improves appetite.
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Botanical Name – Marsilea minuta
Family – Marsileaceae
Sanskrit Name – Sunishannaka
English Name – Dwarf waterclover, Gelid waterklawer, Small…