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2022 Aug 13

J Ethnopharmacol

Alternanthera sessilis: Uncovering the nutritional and medicinal values of an edible weed.


Hwong C S, Leong K H, Abdul Aziz A, Mat Junit S, Mohd Noor S, Kong K W
J Ethnopharmacol. 2022 Aug 13:115608.
PMID: 35973630.


Weeds are often considered undesirable as they interfere with the habitat of native plants, and therefore they are underestimated and underutilised. In fact, some edible weeds have beneficial nutritional and medicinal values. Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R. Br. ex DC., an edible medicinal weed is a species of the Amaranthaceae family that consists of two cultivars: green and red. Local communities in different regions have traditionally consumed the plants as food and medicine, with the green cultivar being applied to relieve pain, treat wound healing, dysentery, asthma and hypertension, while the red cultivar is applied to prevent cardiovascular and liver diseases in general.