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Punarnava - Health Benefits


Punarnava is a medicinal herb that has been used in Ayurveda for various health conditions. The name Punarnava means “renewal of the body” or “rejuvenation of the body”. Punarnava has many benefits for patients, such as:

  • It helps to improve kidney function and reduce swelling or oedema by increasing urine output and removing excess fluid from the body. This is due to its diuretic property.

  • It helps to protect and detoxify the liver by preventing liver cell damage and enhancing bile secretion. This is due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • It helps to regulate blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes complications by improving insulin sensitivity and reducing oxidative stress. This is due to its hypoglycemic and anti-diabetic properties.

  • It helps to improve digestion and appetite by stimulating digestive enzymes and reducing intestinal inflammation. This is due to its appetizer and digestive properties.

  • It helps to treat anemia and boost immunity by increasing hemoglobin levels and enhancing the production of white blood cells. This is due to its blood purifying and immunomodulatory properties.

  • It helps to heal wounds and skin infections by promoting tissue regeneration and preventing bacterial growth. This is due to its wound healing and antimicrobial properties.

  • It helps to relieve joint pain and arthritis by reducing inflammation and improving joint mobility. This is due to its anti-arthritic and analgesic properties.


Punarnava can be taken in different forms, such as juice, powder, capsule, or oil. The dosage and duration of use depend on the condition and severity of the symptoms. However, some general precautions and side effects of Punarnava are:

  • It should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women, as it may cause uterine contractions and affect the milk production.

  • It should be used with caution by people with low blood pressure, as it may lower the blood pressure further and cause dizziness or fainting.

  • It should be used with caution by people with kidney stones, as it may increase the risk of stone formation or obstruction.

  • It may cause allergic reactions, such as skin rash, itching, or breathing difficulty, in some people who are sensitive to it.

  • It may interact with some medications, such as anticoagulants, antidiabetics, or diuretics, and alter their effects.


Therefore, it is advisable to consult a doctor before using Punarnava, especially if you have any medical condition or are taking any medication. Punarnava is a natural and effective herb that can help improve your health and well-being, but it should be used with proper guidance and care.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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