In traditional medicine, Bahupatra has been used to treat a number of conditions, especially Hepatitis B and jaundice. Bahupatra contains alkaloids, flavonoids and lignans that have been shown to block DNA polymerase, the enzyme needed for the hepatitis B virus to reproduce.
The extracts and the compounds isolated from P. amarus show a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities including antiviral, antibacterial, antiplasmodial, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antimicrobial, anticancer, antidiabetic, hypolipidemic, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective and diuretic properties.
Bahupatra has long been used to treat other afflictions such as gonorrhoea, frequent menstruation, and diabetes and using it topically as a poultice for skin ulcers, sores, swelling, and itchiness.
- Hepatitis B
- Overall liver health
Consuming a tea of dried Bahupatra is generally considered safe.
Pregnant and lactating women should avoid drinking Bahupatra Tea.
Medical advice should always be sought prior to consuming medicinal herbs and teas, especially during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.