Scientific Names: Portulaca oleracea L.
Synonym: Portulaca aurea hort.
English Name: Purslane seed
Other names in English: Akulikuli-Kula, Duckweed, Common Purslane, Little Hogweed, Portulaca-Weed, Pursley, Wild Portulaca
Scientific Names: Portulaca oleracea L.
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Persian Name: خرفه- پرپهن/ Khorfeh- Parpahn
German Name: Europäischer Portulak, Körnchen-Gemüse-Portulak, Papillen-Gemüse-Portulak
French Name: Pourpier, Pourpier potager
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Purslane is an annual and low height plant. There are two types of purslanes: garden purslane and wild purslane.
The stem of the garden purslane is straight and its height reaches thirty centimeters, but the stem of the wild purslane plant is creeping and spreads on the ground. The stems of the purslane generally are thick and pinkish red.
The leaves of this plant are small, relatively thick, fleshy, usually triangular, heart-shaped, and rarely oval. These leaves grow reciprocally without petioles.
The best purslane has large, fleshy leaves and a red stem.
Its flowers are small and yellow, and each has five heart-shaped petals that are completely separated from each other.
Its seeds are black, very small, circular, and slightly wide, and are in small green chambers. These chambers consist of two conical parts and are separated after they are fully ripened.
Temperament: Third degree of cold and second degree of moist
Chemical Constituents: Pectin, tannin, phosphate, magnesium, iron, aluminum, manganese, calcium, potassium, and sodium urea.
Purslane leaves and stems reduce the intensity of yellow bile, remove heat from the liver, fatten people with hot and dry temperaments, cleanse the body, reduce stomach heat, quench thirst, cool the brain, break stones, diuretic, reduce uterine heat and strengthens sexual power in hot temperaments.
Purslane seeds are laxative and have the same properties as purslane leaf juice, but weaker. These seeds act as a stronger thirst quencher than its leaf juice.
Purslane leaves and stems are useful for hot and bilious fevers, diabetes, hot headache, hemoptysis, bleeding, chest pus, hot catarrh, vomiting, cough, urinary tract ulcer, urinary tract burning, bladder burning, intestinal burning, rectum abscess, bloody hemorrhoids, burning and uterine pain, tapeworms, and erysipelas.
Eating purslane with vinegar relieves kidney pain. If you dissolve 5 grams of rock candy or sugar in 30 grams of purslane leaves juice, or fry cooked purslane leaves with a little oil and onion, eating it strengthens the intestines and is very useful for bilious diarrhea and hot fevers. Chewing purslane leaves relieves toothache.
Its leaf poultice relieves the heat of the organs, especially the stomach and liver. It is also useful for fire burns. Purslane leaf poultice with damask rose oil improves hot pulsating headache, fire burns and hot swellings.
The poultice of this leaf with barley flour helps in the treatment of hot headache, hot eye swelling, the beginning of gangrene, cerebral edema, scabies, pruritus, testicular swelling, and scarlet fever. Applying purslane leaves with henna on the palms of the hands and feet relieves their heat, and repeating this procedure is beneficial for vitiligo. Pouring a solution of purslane leaf juice and damask rose oil on the head improves a hot, pulsating headache.
Purslane root poultice helps to remove warts.
Eating a mixture of 12 grams of purslane seed powder with sugar or Jallab syrup (a syrup made by rock candy, rose water and saffron) is a laxative and is beneficial for hot fevers, hot coughs, inflammation of the liver, heartburn, and intestinal burning. Spreading purslane seed powder in the mouth helps to treat aphthous ulcer and oral pox in children.
Dose: Leaf or stem juice up to 60 grams. Its seeds up to 12 grams.
Harms: Purslane causes anorexia. It also causes weakness of sexual power in cold temperament people. Eating too much of it causes dark eyesight. Excessive chewing of this leaf causes toothache. Purslane seeds are harmful for cold spleen and stomach.
Modifiers: Terebinth, celery, and peppermint for purslane leaves. Sugar cube for Purslane seeds.