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Plantago asiatica

 

Plantago asiatica Description:

It is in flower from July to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by Wind. The plant is self-fertile. The plant prefers sandy loamy and clay soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil. The leaves and the seed are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitussive, cardiac, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic. Assists the repair of joints. The seed is used internally in the treatment of a variety of ailments including asthma, bladder problems, bronchitis, fever, hypertension and rheumatism. The leaves are also used for these purposes, though they are considered to be less powerful than the seed. The leaves can be harvested at any time in the growing season, and are used fresh or dried. A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of coughs. Plantain seeds contain up to 30% mucilage which swells up in the gut, acting as a bulk laxative and soothing irritated membranes. Sometimes the seed husks are used without the seeds. Extracts of the plant have antibacterial activity.

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