M. Jaish Beg

Department of Botany, Shibli National College (V.B.S. Purvanchal University) Azamgarh-224001 (India)


The term “weed” generally has a negative connotation but most of the weeds are edible and their parts such as stem, root, leaves, fruits etc. are used for food or medicine. A total of 31 weed plants belonging to 22 families were found to be very effective in curing and controlling various human diseases. A few most valued plants in this regard are Achyranthes aspera, Blumea lacera, Boerhaavia diffusa Eclipta prostrata, Oxalis corniculata, Solanum nigrum, Tridax procumbens, Vernonia cinerea etc.

Key words : Traditional medicine, exploration, weed, medicinal.

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