In Sanskrit Punarnava means 'one which renews the body'.
Punarnava is the best herb for balancing kapha.
**Other names:** Spreading hogweed, it is not used in Traditional Chinese Medicine
V↓P↓K↓ Reduces Kapha
Most important herb to strengthen lungs, decreases mucous & fat, cleanses liver & heart, lowers Blood Pressure, Tridoshic
**Dhatu**: Rakta, Meda
**Organs**: Heart, Respiratory tract, Liver, Lungs, Kidneys/bladder
**Main Actions**: Shota hara (decreases swelling/edema), laxative, alterative, Lekhana, Rasayana, Cardiac tonic. 2nd best herb for Kidney problems.
**Uses**: Oedema, weight gain, swelling, ascitis, urinary problems i.e. urinary infections, kidney stones, improves agni Lekhana and anti-inflammatory
**Contra-Indications**: dehydration, in large doses as purgative