Info: Available in Capsules, a Powder, or as a Tincture
Purslane was traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to relieve symptoms of piles/hemorrhoids (Arsa) or to improve loss of appetite (Agnimandya). Purslane is high in antioxidants such as Glutathione and vitamins C and A, which may be able to prevent some cancers (such as oral and lung cancer), and betalain pigment compounds, which similarly may be able to prevent free radicals from causing mutations in healthy cells.
Purslane is also rich in omega 3 and omega 6 linolenic acid fatty acids, vitamin E, riboflavin, and a number of minerals. In addition to boosting the immune system, purslane is also high in melatonin, and may help act as a sleep aid.
In traditional Chinese medicine, purslane/portulaca is called ma chi xian.
Capsules (Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80035237):
Each capsule contains:
500 mg of 100% pure purslane, standardized, per vegetable capsule.
No chemicals, additives, fillers, preservatives or artificial flavours.
Purslane Tincture PLUS (NPN: 80065592), per drop:
30 mg Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) (1:5 DHE, 6 mg Dry)
1.5 mcg Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) (1:5 DHE, 0.3 mcg Dry)
Non-medicinal ingredients: Ethanol, Purified water.
Powder (Natural Product Number: 80069395):
Each dose unit contains:
500 mg of Purslane (Portulaca oleracea, Herb).
Capsules: Take 1 capsule a day in the morning at meal time, or as an evening snack for 30 days, then increase to 2 capsules a day if necessary. Use two hours before or after medication.
Tincture: Adults: Take 30 drops under the tongue daily. May be taken in the morning or evening with a meal or snack. Take two hours before or after doctor-recommended medications. Consult a healthcare practitioner for use beyond 3 months.
Powder: Adults: Mix 1/8 teaspoon (250 mg) with 30 ml (1 fl. oz.) water and take daily for 1 month, and then increase to 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) daily.
Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if taking other medications. If on high blood pressure pills, do NOT take the Purslane Tincture Drops. If back pain occurs, consult a healthcare practitioner.