Chameleon plant (Houttuynia cordata), is a perennial herb that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic traditional medicine. In some parts of the world, it is referred to as fishy-smell herb, Chinese lizard tail, bishop’s weed, heartleaf, or fish wort. This medicinal plant with a fishy characteristic and a little pepperiness is grown as a leaf vegetable and is used as a fresh herbal garnish.
According to experts, Chameleon plant possesses anti-inflammatory, antiviral antibacterial, anti-microbial, hypoglycaemic, laxative, diuretic, depurative, and emmenagogue effects. It has multiple compounds that also provide many health benefits. Some of them are flavonoids (rutin and quercetin), terpenes (limonene and pinene), and potassium.
Protection Against Harmful Organisms
We need a balance of bacteria in our digestive system as good bacteria supports digestion. Researchers have found that the Chameleon Plant can help encourage intestinal balance. It works by discouraging harmful bacteria from thriving in the digestive system.
A Powerful Antioxidant
The chameleon plant contains polyphenols that have antioxidant effects that help fight off free radicals that are damage our cells and DNA and were linked to cancer, aging, and other illnesses. It is said to be an excellent free radical scavenger and helps neutralize circulating free radicals.
Helps Boost Immunity
Studies have revealed that the plant may help stimulate the production of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are crucial for the body’s natural defense system, important for promoting good health and are sometimes referred to as natural killer cells. The chameleon plant acts as a natural component in boosting overall immunity.
Helps Protect Against Allergies
Our body produces histamine when we are allergic to a particular substance. Histamine is a chemical found in some of the body’s cells and causes many of the symptoms of allergies, such as a runny nose or sneezing. Studies have found that Chameleon plant can inhibit the effects of histamine release by blocking or reducing its possible effects. It was also linked to improved breathing function and can help treat asthma as well as other respiratory infections like bronchitis.
- Use its leaf extract to treat dysentery and stomach ulcers.
- Its boiled rhizome extract can be taken for muscular pains due to overstrain.
- Its dried leaves can be used in making tea.
- Use it in grilled meat dishes and noodle salads.