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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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Cross two plaintain slices and place two teaspoons of filling in center.
According to the report, between 80 percent and 90 percent of Puerto Rico's plaintain crop was lost, as were 80,000 hundredweight of coffee--about a quarter of total expected production this season.
Even in quite heavily populated towns it is normally possible to find an inexhaustible supply of Dandelion, Groundsel, Chickweed, Coltsfoot, Dock, Plaintain, and Bindweed.
I also like pate (a pastry stuffed with meat) and a fried plaintain dish called banane pese.
"An Extraordinary Salmon Dinner" with Vickie Hamory features Plaintain "Spiders"; Steamed Baby Beets With Mango Vinaigrette on Bibb Lettuce; Steamed Salmon With Champagne Butter Sauce; and Berry Pavlova.
In the rock garden, add Little Witch, a 1929 cyclamineus daffodil (only eight inches high) with yellow flared-back petals, and Louisa, a lovely variation on the narrow-leaved plaintain lily, with its narrow, white-edged leaves and white flowers.
* Vegetables cut into bite sizes: carrots, onions, green pepper, sweet potatoes, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, and plaintain; plus malanga and boniata (tropical root vegetables), if you can find them
Seafood choices include mahi mahi with a mango pomegranate guacamole and coconut risotto and Chicken Dos, Caribbean chicken breast, mango salsa, Jerk chicken leg and Mofongo, a plaintain dish of Puerto Rico.
"Sensational Spanish Sauces" with Gayle Jolley features Pigeon Pie Soup With Chorizo, Butternut Squash, Plaintain and Cilantro; Tortilla Espa[+ or -]ol With Samfaina Sauce; Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp with garlic and Romesco sauce and crusty bread); and Turron Ice Cream Torte With Honey-Brandy Oranges.
Authentic Mexican Tacos, with Gayle Jolley features Crunchy Shrimp Tacos; Chorizo, Potato and Plaintain Tacos; Authentic Pork Tinga; and Almond Caramel Flan With Fruit Compote.
Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Queen Isiki explained that if the government fail to intervene on time, the people may face serious hunger in 2019 as all their cassava and plaintains farms have been damaged.
Then you'll love plaintains, or in Spanish, platanos.