SHINY BUSH, Peperomia pellucida


Latin name: Peperomia pellucida

English name: Shiny Bush, Slate pencil plant, Pepper elder, Rat’s ear, Silver bush

Sanskrit name: Toyakandha, Varshabhoo

Medicinal parts used: Whole plant

Shiny bush is a common fleshy tropical annual herb growing up to 1 foot tall. The stem initially erect, glabrous; fleshy leaves are heart shaped, shiny light green and it has very small bi-sexual flowers growing in the form of cord-like spikes arising from the leaf axils. The fruits are also very small; round to oblong, ridged, first green later black. They have one single seed. Shiny bush has mustard like odor. The plant can be utilized as a vegetable and in salads, but the shiny bush has also medicinal applications.

Therapeutic use:

  • A solution of the fresh juice of stem and leaves is used against eye inflammation.
  • It is also applied against coughing, fever, common cold, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, against kidney – and prostate problems and against high blood pressure.
  • Used in the treatment of abscesses, furuncles, gout, rheumatic pains and conjunctivitis.
  • This plant is reported to have analgesic activity; antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, and antifungal activity.

One response to this post.

  1. on pourrait bien faire des échanges puisque moi aussi je suis tradithérapeute


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