Enhance Sattva By Adapting An Ayurvedic Lifestyle

December 31, 2012 by  
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In the modern age, it is evident that most diseases, even the ones that are physical in nature, have a root in the mind. It has been proved through clinical studies that the mind plays an important role in both manifestation and treatment of diseases. Some experts even go on to say that all diseases originate in the mind or sub-conscious mind and the body is just a manifesting area for them.

According to Ayurveda, the mind has three different characteristics, known as the Gunas, namely Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. A mind dominant in Sattva is peaceful, relaxed and strong. In this state, the intelligence is active and one can discriminate between what is good and what is bad. Rajas is responsible for an active mind, but when Sattva is low and Rajas is dominant, the mind is negatively active and will come up with do things that can harm the body. Tamas indicates an inert or dull state of mind and, when dominant, it generates confusion.

Modern foods and lifestyles generally enhance Rajas and Tamas, making the mind overly active and confused. In this state, our intelligence does not work properly. As a result, we eat foods and do things that cause imbalance in the normal functioning of our body and mind. For example, you might have often seen people jogging with their walkmans on, exercising while watching TV or in loud music (in gyms), or wearing torn and dirty jeans, etc. These are just some cases of confused actions which are caused due to high Rajas and Tamas in the mind.

Low Sattva and high Rajas and Tamas are responsible for causing various mental and physical disorders. According to Ayurveda, one of prime causes of disease is ‘not using the intelligence’ (Pragyaparadha). Human beings are the most intelligent race on the planet. But do we really always use our intelligence? Maybe not, especially when it concerns our own body and health. We use our intelligence to solve the most difficult problems in our outer world, such as our jobs, finances, family, etc., but when it comes to our own body, we don’t use it. Let me give you some examples to prove my point.

In India, I often meet patients who come and complain to me that they are suffering from hair loss, acne, pimples, heartburn, hyperacidity, burning sensation in the urine, burning or itching on the skin, hot and sweaty palms and feet, etc. When I ask them, Do you eat chilies or drink black tea (chai), the answer is a big Yes. Any intelligent person, who has heat and burning in the body, will not make this mistake because there is already excess heat/fire in the body and chilies and black tea (chai) are heating in nature. There are also people who proudly tell me that they eat junk food almost daily. The word ‘junk’ means garbage; so actually, they are saying they ‘EAT GARBAGE’ daily. Why would someone with intelligence eat garbage?

So, why don’t we use our intelligence to make the right choices for our mental and physical health? When Sattva is low, our intelligence does not function and we do things that are self-destructive or that cause imbalance in our systems. Then, whats the solution? Its simple – increase Sattva in your body. When Sattva is dominant in the mind, our intelligence functions properly and everything is in order.

The best means of increasing Sattva is by taking things that are pure, clean and fresh. In Ayurveda, we apply the rule like increases and opposite decreases, which means foods, things and activities which have similar qualities as that of Sattva will increase it and those with opposite qualities will decrease it. Fresh, natural, organic, and vegetarian foods increase Sattva, so try to include them in your diet. Canned foods, old-kept foods items (leftovers), processed foods, foods containing chemicals/preservatives, deep fried and heavily spiced foods, junk foods and meat, etc., should be avoided as they increase Rajas and Tamas. In addition, stimulants like caffeine (coffee, black tea), alcohol, smoking, fizzy drinks and drugs should also be avoided.

In Ayurveda, food (aahar) is defined as anything that goes into the body. So, food is not only limited to what goes into our mouth, but also includes things that go in through our eyes, nose, ears or thoughts. So, be careful of the kind of music you hear, television shows you watch, and thoughts that you bring into your mind. Choose music that is soothing (classical, spiritual), watch programs that relax you (history, culture, humor, etc.), use soothing aromas and think positive. These will help in increasing Sattva.

Lastly, take good care of yourself. Protect your body and mind from outer disturbances, and enjoy life. Do not forget that we are all ‘souls’ – temporary residents of this body. One day, all of us have to leave our bodies. So, what’s the fight about, whats the stress about, whats the competition about? We are all in ‘transit’ waiting for our flights. Let us enjoy this wonderful opportunity (called life) to do something good and positive. Let us live with love, help each other, and do something constructive. Start from today – Sattvic food (aahar), Sattvic lifestyle (vihar), and Sattvic thoughts (vichar), and you will be able to feel the difference in yourself in just one month.

Janvi Sharma is a healthcare professional associated with Jiva Ayurveda. The company provides authentic online Ayurvedic consultation for chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, stress, migraine, high blood pressure, skin diseases, cancer, asthma, spondylitis, allergies, hair loss, and obesity, among others.

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Ch?p hình ngày 16-5-2011 t?i thành ph? H? chí Minh ( Saigon ) , mi?n Nam Vi?t Nam.

Taken on May 16, 2011 in Ho chi Minh city ( Saigon ) , Southern of Vietnam

Vietnamese named : Rau D?u, D?u không cu?ng .
Common names : Sessile Joyweed, Dwarf Copperleaf, Bunga-bunga (Tag.), Lianzi cao (China).
Scientist name : Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R. Br. ex DC.
Synonyms : Achyranthes sessilis (L.) Desf. ex Steud.
Alternanthera glabra Moq.
Gomphrena sessilis L.
Family : Amaranthaceae – Amaranth family
Group : Dicot
Duration : Annual – Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Kingdom : Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom : Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision : Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division : Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class : Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass : Caryophyllidae
Order : Caryophyllales
Genus : Alternanthera Forssk. – joyweed
Species : Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R. Br. ex DC. – sessile joyweed

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D?u, Rau d?u – Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R.Br. ex Roem. et Schult, thu?c h? Rau d?n – Amaranthaceae.

Mô t?: Cây th?o m?c bò, dài 40-60cm, có thân phân nhánh nhi?u, th??ng có màu h?ng tím. Nh?ng cành sát m?t ??t có r? ? các ??t. Lá m?c ??i, m?i mác, nh?n hai ??u, dài 1-3cm, mép nguyên. Hoa nh?, màu tr?ng, không cu?ng, t?p h?p r?t nhi?u thành bông g?n hình tròn hay hình tr?ng ? nách lá. Qu? nang ng?n.

B? ph?n dùng: toàn cây – Herba Alternantherae.

N?i s?ng và thu hái: Loài liên nhi?t ??i, m?c hoang ? các bãi sông ven ???ng ?i, b? ru?ng ?m kh?p n?i. Thu hái cây vào hè thu, r?a s?ch, ph?i khô dùng d?n.

Thành ph?n hoá h?c: Trong các ng?n non theo t? l?% có: n??c 80,3, protid 4,5, glucid 1,9, cellulose 2,1, khoáng toàn ph?n 2,2, calcium 98mg%, phosphor 22mg%, s?t 12mg%, caroten 5,1mg% và vitamin C 77,7mg%.

Tính v?, tác d?ng: Rau D?u có v? ng?t và nh?t, tính mát, có tác d?ng tiêu viêm, l?c máu, l?i ti?u, ch?ng ng?a, tiêu s?ng. ? ?n ?? ng??i ta cho là l?i s?a, l?i m?t và h? nhi?t.

Công d?ng, ch? ??nh và ph?i h?p: Th??ng dùng tr? b?nh ???ng hô h?p và khái huy?t, viêm h?u; 2. Ch?y máu cam, ?a ra máu; 3. ?au ru?t th?a c?p tính, l?; 4. B?nh ???ng ni?u ??o, gi?m ni?u. Dùng ngoài tr? b?nh viêm m? da, viêm vú, eczema, b?nh viêm da n?i m?n, l? chàm, n?i h?ch, tràng nh?c h?t xoài ? b?n, r?n c?n. Nó là v? thu?c nhu?n gan, l?i s?a nh? Rau má l?i là v? thu?c ch?a l? nh? Rau sam, C? s?a. Li?u dùng 15-30g, d?ng thu?c s?c. Ho?c dùng 60-120g c? t??i giã l?y d?ch dùng u?ng. Giã cây t??i ?? ??p ngoài, ho?c n?u lên l?y n??c r?a. Th??ng dùng ph?i h?p v?i các v? thu?c khác.

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Phân b?
H? D?n (Amaranthaceae) có ngu?n g?c ? Nam và Trung M?, ???c phân b? trên các vùng nhi?t ??i và ôn ??i kh?p th? gi?i kho?ng 160-174 chi v?i kho?ng 2.050-2.500 loài khác nhau. Ph?n l?n là loài cây thân th?o hay cây b?i nh?, r?t ít loài là cây thân g? hay dây leo.
Cây rau d?u có tên khoa h?c Alternanthera sessilis, thu?c H? rau d?n (Amaranthaceae). Phân b? kh?p n?i trên th? gi?i và ?ông Nam Á, là cây m?c hoang r?t ph? bi?n ? Vi?t Nam, Lào, Campuchia, In?ônêxia và các t?nh mi?n Nam Trung Qu?c, vv.
Có m?t lo?i d?u n??c có tên Alternanthera philosciroides có hình dáng t??ng t? ch? khác là lá và thân tr?n nh?n, thân r?ng. Cây này c?ng ???c dùng trong tr? b?nh t??ng t? cây rau d?u Rau d?u th??ng m?c hoang n?i ??t ?m ven su?i b? m??ng ven sông dùng ng?n và lá non lu?c ?n ho?c n?u canh cá th?t
Rau d?u thích s?ng n?i ??t ?m, d?c theo m??ng, ??t b? hoang. Cây m?c n?i ??t ?m b? h?, ??m l?y, kên m??ng th?y l?i, n?i r?ng tr?ng vùng nhi?t ??i t?i 1200 m ?? cao.
Có m?t lo?i d?u n??c có tên Alternanthera philosciroides có hình dáng t??ng t? ch? khác là lá và thân tr?n nh?n, thân r?ng. Cây này c?ng ???c dùng trong tr? b?nh t??ng t? cây rau d?u Rau d?u th??ng m?c hoang n?i ??t ?m ven su?i b? m??ng ven sông dùng ng?n và lá non lu?c ?n ho?c n?u canh cá th?t
? Vi?t Nam, rau d?u m?c hoang quanh n?m ? các bãi sông, b? ao, ru?ng có n??c, ven ???ng n?i ?m và sáng. Ng?n và lá non có th? dùng làm rau cho ng??i, toàn cây làm rau cho l?n.

Cây rau d?u phát tán b?ng h?t ho?c b?ng cách chia nhánh. Nhi?u nhánh ph? thành ??t bò trên m?t ??t.
-Thân: Là lo?i cây thân th?o th?p, thân th??ng màu tím ho?c tím r?t nh?t khi m?c d??i tán cây khác. Cây m?c bò lan trên ??t dài t?i 5m, nên còn có tên g?i là di?p bò, trên thân mang nh?ng ?o?n cành 40-50cm. Nh?ng cành sát m?t ??t thì r? m?c ra t? các ??t và c? th? v??n dài ra.Cây m?c ?a niên, y?u, tròn, d?y, lóng tr?n mang hai hàng lông tr?ng ??i di?n.
-R? :r? có nhi?u c?p, m?c c?n.
-Lá : Có phi?n ??n, m?c ??i, có ho?c không có cu?ng lá 1,5- 5 mm, phi?n lá hình m?i mác nh?n 2 ??u dài 4-6cm r?ng 1- 2cm, mép nguyên, Phi?n lá h?i nhám.
-Hoa : Phát hoa m?c thành chùm ? nách lá, phi?n hoa tr?ng, l??ng tính, không cu?ng, 1 gân, ti?u nh?y th? 3 xen v?i ti?u nh?y lép d?ng phi?n lõm. Hoa tr? vào tháng 11 và 12, ??u qu? vào tháng 6 ??n tháng giêng.
-Qu?: qu? b?, hình tim ng??c hay d?ng th?u kính.
-H?t:qu? ch?a m?t h?t màu nâu.
Cây rau d?u ???c dùng làm th?c ?n gia súc, dùng làm rau ?n và dùng làm thu?c.
Thành ph?n hóa h?c

-Theo tài li?u c?a ?n ??

Trong 100 gam lá t??i c?a rau d?u có ch?a: 80 g n??c, n?ng l??ng 251 kJ (60 kcal), protein 4,7 g, ch?t béo 0,8 g, carbohydrate 11,8 g, ch?t x? 2,1 g, Ca 146 mg, P 45 mg , S?t 16,7 mg (Leung, W . TW, Busson, F. & Jardin, C., 1968).
Ngoài ra còn có các ch?t có ho?t tính sinh h?c cao nh?:
+Lá ch?a l??ng l?n alpha và bêta tocophénols.
+Thân và lá ch?a:
-Stigmastérol,
-Bétasitostérol,
-M?t hydrocarbure aliphatique b?o hòa và ester aliphatique.
-?-spinastérol triterpènes.
-?-spinastérol.
-acide oleanotic và d?n xu?t c?a nó.
-ch?t aliphatique b?o hòa (aliphatique).
-nh?ng ch?t esters.
-Theo Vi?n Y h?c c? truy?n Vi?t Nam

Trong các ng?n non theo t? l? % có: n??c 80,3, protid 4,5, glucid 1,9, cellulose 2,1, khoáng toàn ph?n 2,2, calcium 98mg%, phosphor 22mg%, s?t 12mg%, caroten 5,1mg% và vitamin C 77,7mg%.
Công d?ng c?a rau d?u

a-Rau d?u ???c dùng làm rau
1-Rau di?u lu?c : Thân và lá non c?a rau d?u dùng làm rau lu?c.
2-Rau d?u xào : Thân và lá non c?a rau d?u dùng làm rau xào v?i th?t, tr?ng.
3-Rau d?u n?u canh :Rau d?u n?u canh v?i cá ??ng, th? b?m, n?m ?n r?t b? d??ng.
b-Rau d?u s? d?ng làm th?c ?n ch?n nuôi
1-Làm th?c ?n cho cá: Thân lá t??i c?a cây rau d?u làm th?c ?n cho cá mè, tr?m c?, rô phi r?t t?t.
2-Làm th?c ?n cho gà, v?t:Thân lá t??i c?a cây rau d?u ?? nguyên ho?c x?t nhuy?n làm th?c ?n cho gà, v?t, ngan, ng?ng r?t t?t.
c-Rau d?u s? d?ng làm thu?c
+T?i ?n ??
Theo thuy?t y h?c Ayurvéda c?a Án ?? (v? nh?ng y?u t? v?n chuy?n ?i?u hành trong c? th? con ng??i) thì rau d?u tr? ???c nh?ng c?n b?nh v? c?m giác, da, tiêu ch?y, khó tiêu, b?nh tr?, gan và s?t, l?i s?a, l?i m?t và h? nhi?t.
Th?c nghi?m ? ?n ?? cho bi?t b?t nhão c?a lá rau d?u bi?u hi?n s? ?c ch? nh?ng ??t bi?n các ch?ng vi trùng salmonella typhimurium .?c ch? s? hình thành c?a ch?t nitrosodiethanolamine là ch?t gây b?nh ung th? m?nh t? môi tr??ng do ti?n ch?t triethanolamine gây ra.
Dung d?ch trích t? r??u c?a toàn cây rau d?u cho th?y s? hi?n di?n nh?ng ho?t ??ng giãm nhi?t và ch?t histamine c?a s? d? ?ng và th? gi?n c? tr?n.
Ch?t trích ester cho th?y ho?t ch?t c?a rau d?u có ??c tính tr? li?u ch?ng ung b??u.
Các lá có ch?a ch?t x? th?c ph?m (kho?ng 12 g /100g tr?ng l??ng khô) và k?t h?p kho?ng 75 g ch?t x? th?c v?t trong ch? ?? ?n kiêng h?ng ngày c?a ng??i b? b?nh ti?u ???ng, k?t qu? giãm ?áng k? l??ng ???ng máu sau khi ?n.
+T?i Indonesia
Rau d?u ???c dùng nh? m?t ph??ng thu?c giãm ?au ???ng ru?t, tiêu ch?y và b?nh l?. Khi s? d?ng bên ngoài ?? tr? giãm s?t.
+T?i M? Lai
Dùng ?? ch?ng viêm s?t. S? d?ng ngoài ?? ?i?u tr? v?t th??ng.
+T?i Vi?t Nam
Theo y h?c c? truy?n Vi?t Nam Rau d?u có v? ng?t và nh?t, tính mát, có tác d?ng tiêu viêm, l?c máu, l?i ti?u, ch?ng ng?a, h? nhi?t, tiêu s?ng.
Ngoài ra ng??i ta còn dùng ??t non làm rau xanh lu?c nh? rau d?n. Dân quê th??ng n?u chung v?i nh?ng rau khác g?i là canh t?p tàng ch? nêm mà không dùng nh?ng rau mùi nh? hành ngò ….luôn gi? h??ng v? ng?t và mát c?a rau .
M?t s? bài thu?c t? cây rau d?u

1-Bài thu?c ch? ??nh và ph?i h?p: Th??ng dùng ?? tr? các b?nh sau ?ây :
1.Tr? b?nh ???ng hô h?p và khái huy?t, viêm h?u;
2.Ch?y máu cam, ?a ra máu;
3.?au ru?t th?a c?p tính, l?;
4. B?nh ???ng ni?u ??o, gi?m ni?u.
Dùng ngoài tr? b?nh viêm m? da, viêm vú, eczema, b?nh viêm da n?i m?n, l? chàm, n?i h?ch, tràng nh?c h?t xoài ? b?n, r?n c?n.
Nó là v? thu?c nhu?n gan, l?i s?a nh? Rau má l?i là v? thu?c ch?a l? nh? Rau sam, C? s?a.
Li?u dùng 15-30g, d?ng thu?c s?c. Ho?c dùng 60-120g rau t??i giã l?y d?ch dùng u?ng. Giã cây t??i ?? ??p ngoài, ho?c n?u lên l?y n??c r?a. Th??ng dùng ph?i h?p v?i các v? thu?c khác ( theo Y h?c c? truy?n Vi?t Nam).
2-?i?u tr? S?t do siêu vi trùng c?m cúm: Rau d?u 100g, Lá tre t??i 100g , N??c 2 lít.N?u l?y n??c cho u?ng c? ngày. C? 2 v? này ??u d? tìm và không có ??c. Các tri?u ch?ng ???c c?i thi?n r?t s?m (theo Y h?c c? truy?n Vi?t Nam).
3-Tr? Viêm ???ng ti?t ni?u:Rau d?u 100g, Rau má 50g, Cam th?o ??t 50g, Rau di?p cá 20g, N?u l?y n??c u?ng (theo Y h?c c? truy?n Vi?t Nam).
4-Tr? Viêm gan vàng da :Rau d?u 100g, Cây chó ?? 50g, C? m?c 50g, C? ngh? 10g ,N?u l?y n??c u?ng (theo Y h?c c? truy?n Vi?t Nam).

5-Tr? ch?ng h?t xoài m?i phát: L?y rau d?u, bèo tía, g?ng t??i, l??ng 3 th? nh? nhau. R?a s?ch, giã nát, cho chút mu?i, ?em s?c k? l?y 1 bát u?ng khi còn nóng, còn bã ??p vào ch? s?ng ?au (chú ý tr??c khi l?y bã ??p c?n l?y n??c vôi v? m?t vòng quanh ch? s?ng ?au ?? c?n không cho ??c thoát sang ch? khác).R?t hi?u nghi?m (Theo Nam D??c th?n hi?u).

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Article Section: Pharmacognostic Studies
Author(s): Anitha R,. Kanimozhi S.
Abstract:
Alternanthera sessilis L. is a leafy vegetable used widely for its medicinal properties. The lack of documentation of medicinal plants have lead to the loss of quality in many important plants .The objective of the work was to study the pharmacognostic features of this plant. The study revealed the presence of calcium oxalate crystals in both stem and leaves. Extensively longer uniseriate trichome measuring 1227.4-1431.9 ?m was observed in powder anaylsis. Macrosclerids and scalariform thickening were characteristic observation in the stem maceration. The vascular bundle showed inter fascicular cambial ring which is an anamolous secondary growth. The phytochemical studies on aqueous extracts of leaf showed positive result for Phenols, flavonoids, tannins and saponins. This study will help in standardizing and detection of adulterants.

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J Asian Nat Prod Res. 2002 Jun;4(2):109-15.
Ionone derivatives from Alternanthera sessilis.
Ragasa CY, Tremor N, Rideout JA.
Source
Chemistry Department, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. coscyr.cos.dlsu-manila@mail.dlsu.edu.ph
Abstract
The chloroform extract of the air-dried leaves of Alternanthera sessilis afforded a mixture of diastereomers of a new ionone derivative 1 whose structures were elucidated by extensive 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Oxidative cleavage of 1 to aldehyde 3 with manganese dioxide confirmed diastereoisomerism arose from a racemic side chain chiral centre. Antimicrobial tests on the mixture of diastereomers and the derivative indicated that they have low activities against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Trichophyton mentagrophytes.

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Botany:
Buñga-buñga is a spreading or prostrate, erect, more or less branched, glabrous, succulent herb, 0.4 to 1.4 meters high. The ultimate branches are covered with two lines of hairs onn the internodes, and the flowering ones are ascending. Leaves are stalkless, simple or pinnately compound, the leaflets elliptic, crenate or obscurely toothed, usually about 2.5 to 7 centimeters long, thick and succulent.
Flowers are minute, paniculate, pendulous, white, and crowded in very short, axillary heads. Sepals are lanceolate, 2 to 2.5 millimeters long. Fruit is dry and flattened, broadly obcordate utricle, containing one seed.

Distribution
– Very common weed in open, usually wet places throughout the Philippines, in settled areas at low and medium altitudes.
– Pantropic.

Parts utilized
Entire plant; use fresh.
May be collected the whole year round.

Constituents
– High in antioxidant carotene.
– Phytochemical studies yielded B-carotene, ricinoleic acid, myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic acids, a-spiraterol, uronic acid, and B-sitosterol.
– Study of phenolic and flavonoid content revealed: total crude phenolic content, 1.529; total phenolic acid, 1.404; and flavonoids, 0.370 (values in mg/g dry wt.).
– Study of phenolic and

Properties
Slightly tart tasting, cooling, antiphlogistic-analgesic , antidermatosis, antiseptic.
Considered febrifugal, galactagogue, abortifacient.

Uses
Edibility
• Some places, leaves and young shoots eaten as vegetables.
• In Ceylon, largely eaten as vegetable.
• In Africa, used for relishes, sauces and soups.
• Considered a famine plant.
Folkloric
• Poultice of pounded fresh material to sprains, burns and eczema.
• Carbuncle, erysipelas.
• Used as a wash for eyes.
• In other cuntries, used for treating acne vulgaris, dyspepsia, liver problems.
• Decoction used for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, cough, bronchitis and diabetes.
• In West Tropical Africa, used as poultice for boils.
• In Sri Lanka, used for cystitis, gonorrhea, snake bite. Also, used by mothers to increase flow of milk.
• In Ghana, salted decoction used for hematemesis.
• In India, used for gastrointestinal problems; also as cholagogue, abortifacient and febrifuge. Also, used for snake bites.
• In Nigeria, for headaches and vertigo.
• In Taiwan, for hepatitis, bronchitis, asthma.
Others
• Used for animal feed supplement.

Studies
• Antimicrobial / Wound Healing Activities: Study on extract of leaves showed significant results in different parameters of wound healing. The presence of sterols was also confirmed.
• Hepatoprotective: A study on the hepatoprotective effects of Taiwanese herb Alternanthera sessilis on liver damage induced by various hepatotoxins showed hepatoprotective effects with a reduction of elevation of SGOT and SGPT .
• Ionone Derivatives / Antimicrobial: Chloroform extract of dried leaves yielded a mixture of diasteromers of a new ionone derivative with low activities against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Trichophyton mentagrophytes.
• Antioxidant: (1) Study showed ethanol extract to have 70% free radical scavenging activity. (2) Study concludes Alternanthera sessilis showed potent radical-scavenging activity and metal ion chelating activity.
• Antidiabetic: Study of aqueous extract of aerial parts showed significant dose-dependent antidiabetic activity with lowering of blood glucose concentration, glycosylated hemoglobin, LDL, total cholesterol.
• Antibacterial: The antibacterial effect of leaves and internodal-segments derived calli of A. sessilis was evaluated against Proteus vulgaris, Strep pyogenes, B subtilis and Salmonella typhi. the ethanolic extracts of leaves and leaves-derived calli were more effective against the selected bacterial than other solvents. Plants extracts showed antibacterial activity against Gram negative P. aeruginosa and Gram positive Staph epidermis.
• Hematinic Activity: Study showed that Lupo (A. sessilis) has hematinic activity particularly in iron deficiency anemia. Results suggest AS is a potential drug for augmentation of hemoglobin and serum ferritin in iron deficiency anemia.
• Antipyretic Activity: Study showed the ethanol extract of aerial parts of Alternanthera sessilis has dose-dependent antipyretic activity.
• Antibacterial / Antifungal: Plants extracts showed antibacterial activity against Gram negative P. aeruginosa and Gram positive Staph epidermis. Plant also showed antifungal activity against yeasts S. cerevisiae and Candida albicans.

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