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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Any temple town in Kerala is a good place to have the sadya, a feast had on plantain leaf, especially served during marriages and festivals.
I crushed up a Greater Plantain leaf to rub on the site of the sting (after removing the barb) and then made a tea from the bark of the guilder rose tree in the garden to relieve her headache.
indica could be reared on banana and plantain leaf discs or trees under quarantine conditions outside the infestation zone.
Usually served as lunch, it includes boiled pink rice, side dishes, savories, pickles and desserts spread out on a plantain leaf.
Plantain Leaf in Calangute's bustling centre is definitely worth a visit - the vegetarian restaurant was packed with Indian visitors, which is always a good sign, and the menu was enormous.