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Barleria or porcupine flower (Barleria prionitis)

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Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae
 Division: Magnoliophyta
  Class: Magnoliopsida
   Order: Scrophulariales
    Family: Acanthaceae
     Genus: Barleria
      Species: Barleria prionitis L.

Barleria prionitis L. is commonly known as Porcupine flower, Barleria, Vajradanti, Kundan, Mullu goranti, Pilikantashelio, etc. It is a herb common in India and it is also found in many parts of the world, like USA, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Naharu.

The whole plant, leaves, and roots are used for a variety of purposes in traditional Indian medicine. Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, gingivitis, stomatitis, burns, dental caries, inflammations ascites, edema, wounds, nocturnal ejaculation and cracking heel.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Barleria prionitis has numerous medicinal properties including treating fever, respiratory diseases, toothache, joint pains and a variety of other ailments; and it has several cosmetic uses.
  • A mouthwash made from root tissue is used to relieve toothache and treat bleeding gums.
  • The leaves are used to promote healing of wounds and to relieve joint pains and toothache.
  • Because of its antiseptic properties, extracts of the plant are incorporated into herbal cosmetics and hair products to promote skin and scalp health.