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Ayurveda describes it as cold, bitter, astringent, digestive, carminative, laxative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, depurative, bronchodilator, anticonvulsant and tonic for heart and nerves [5, 6].
The herb is reported to possess antiseptic, depurative, diuretic, laxative, aphrodisiac, anthelmintic, lactagogue, indigestible, causes flatulence, it is also useful in leucoderma and bronchitis.
Medicinally, nettle possesses astringent, tonic, antiseptic, depurative, homeostatic and diuretic properties.
The depurative products were dried in an oven at 70[degrees]C until the weight of the products was constant and gray products were obtained.
Thus, plants have been described as an alternative to the development of new drugs [6] applied to treatment of many diseases such as hypercholesterolemia, ulcers, depurative blood, and cancer [7-9].
In Ayurveda, which dates back to possibly more than 5,000 years ago, the plant is known as kebuka, and is prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners as astringent, purgative, depurative, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, and antifungal [49].
In Brazilian traditional medicine Arctium lappa has been reported to relieve gastrointestinal symptoms while in western herbal medicine it is usually considered more as an alterative and depurative than an anti-inflammatory.
It has a surprisingly broad range of pharmacological effects which includes abortifacient, analgesic, antibacterial, antipyretic, antithrombotic, antiviral, cancerolytic, cardioprotective, choleretic, depurative, digestive, expectorant, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, immune enhancement, laxative, sedative, thrombolytic and vermicidal (Jean Barilla 1999).
The roots are pounded with water and administered as a drink for children suffering from dysentery, pounded into paste used to reduce swelling of joints and leaves are used as a depurative when in cold infusions (Jain and Defilipps, 1998), for rheumatism, arthritis and as a diuretic (Chopra et al.
The pharmacological research showed that Limonium species have antipyretic, hemostatic, and depurative [9], antiviral [10, 11] and antitumoral [12, 13] activities.
d) In Brazilian traditional medicine Arctium lappa is used only as a depurative.