plantain

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plantain

(1) A perennial herb, the seeds of which contain alkaloids, glycosides, mucilage, silica and tannins. Plantains are anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and expectorant.

Chinese medicine
Plantain is used for dysuria, ocular pain, urinary tract infections, poor vision and problems of childbirth.

Herbal medicine
Western herbal medicine, plantains are used internally as bulk laxatives, for bronchitis, cystitis, diarrhoea, fungal infections, haemorrhoids, hepatitis, neuralgias and urinary tract infections, and topically for cuts, stings, bites, tumours and varicose veins. 
 
(2) Psyllium, see there; Plantago psyllium.
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Maceration: The samples were divided into slices, and water was added to then decrease size to the maximum in a blender for two minutes for the case of Musa paradisiaca and Dioscorea trfida; for Manihot esculenta this had a grating process.
Micropropagation and field performance of 'Malbhog' (Musa paradisiaca, AAB group): a popular banana cultivar with high keeping quality of north east India.
The aims of the study are to determine the physical and chemical composition of Musa paradisiaca and Musa sapientum pseudostem wastes in other to ascertain it suitability or otherwise for preparation of pulp for paper making, preparation of cellulose derivatives and sugar(glucose).
Oviedo, L E , Doria, J A , Arrieta, A 2007a Identificacion y caracterizacion de levaduras nativas con potencial fermentador asociadas a cultivos de platano (Musa paradisiaca) en los municipios de Los Cordobas y Monitos, departamento de Cordoba Tesis pregrado Biologia, Universidad de Cordoba, Monteria, Cordoba, Colombia
"Preharvest changes in the physical and chemical properties of plantains (Musa paradisiaca)".