Alternanthera philoxeroides, commonly referred to as alligator weed, is an angiosperm. This plant is not only edible as a vegetable but also plays a very important role in medicine. Let’s learn more about its functions as herbal medicine.
Alternanthera philoxeroides can clear away heat and diuresis, cool blood, and detoxify. In the field of medicine, it is mainly used for the treatment of epidemic encephalitis B, early influenza, and hemoptysis of tuberculosis. External use can treat eczema, shingles, furuncle, snake bites, epidemic hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, and other diseases. This plant is small, but its effect as herbal medicine is still very large.
Fresh product 50 to 100 grams. Apply fresh whole herb juice for external application, or mash it to adjust honey for external application. Use some eye drops when treating eye diseases, 3 to 4 times a day.
Some formula of Alternanthera philoxeroides
1. Treat stomatitis: Take appropriate amount of Alternanthera philoxeroides and fresh Imperata cylindrical roots, decocted in water, and take with rock sugar.
2. Treat flu or cold and fever: Fresh Alternanthera philoxeroides 30-60 grams, decocted in water.
3. Treat tuberculosis and hemoptysis: Fresh Alternanthera philoxeroides 60~120 grams, decocted in water, and take with rock sugar.
4. Treatment of poisonous snake bites: 120~180 grams of fresh Alternanthera philoxeroides, mash it and take the juice, and apply the residue to the affected area.
5. Treatment of furuncle: mash the fresh Alternanthera philoxeroides, adjust the honey, and apply the affected area.
6. Treat eczema:
1) An appropriate amount of fresh Alternanthera philoxeroides is decocted and washed with water, and an appropriate amount of Semen Momordicae are used to grind the affected area with sesame oil.
2) An appropriate amount of fresh Alternanthera philoxeroides is mashed with the rice washing water, the juice is taken, and the affected area is wiped. The commonly used amount of this product is 15~30g for dry products and 30~60g for fresh products. Appropriate amount for external use.
Alternanthera philoxeroides, its tender stems, and leaves can be provided for us to eat, and can also be used in herbal medicine, so it has many functions and its applications are also very wide. It also has a very great effect on the health of our body. It can help the human body to clear away heat and detoxify and cool the blood. It is a boon for people who are prone to get inflammation.