The purslane , Portulaca oleracea , also known as ” cat ‘s tongue ” is an annual succulent plant family Portulacaceae , which can reach up to 40 centimeters tall. It is native to India and the Middle East, spreading globally. In some regions, it is even considered a weed.Purslane has smooth reddish stems, mostly prostrate, alternate leaves in sets on the stem and at its end. Its yellow , sessile flowers (unsupported with the rest of the plant), have five regular parts and are 6 millimeters wide.The seeds are small pods that open when the seed is ready. It has a primary root with secondary fibrous roots and is able to tolerate poor, compact soil and drought.

What are purslanes for?

Purslags are used as a traditional medicinal remedy . Thanks to its chemical composition, it is used to treat:

  • Anemia
  • Arthritis

And also it is attributed the quality of increasing mental capacity .

The purslane serve as:

  • Diuretic
  • Demulcente
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Anthelmintic
  • Cancer Fighting Agent
  • Beauty remedies ingredient


Purslane helps to eliminate residual substances from the body through urine . When ingested as an infusion, the bladder will begin to receive those substances from the kidneys more easily.

Purslane serves as a demulcent

Purslane has the property of being a demulcent , that is, it carries substances capable of forming a protective mucosa layer in cases of inflammation of the stomach or other organs that are at risk in these types of conditions.


Purslane is a hypoglycemic agent, that is, it helps the body keep glucose levels below limits. It is a good remedy to regulate them, especially in people with diabetes.

Purslane helps as an anthelmintic

Purslane helps fight the presence and proliferation of helminths , which are worm-shaped parasites . It is, therefore, a good deworming agent .

Cancer Fighting Agent

Purslane has pigments with a strong antioxidant capacity such as Glutathione, which is a great element to fight cancer and also kills free radicals present in the lens and retina, helping visual health.

Beauty remedies ingredient

The infusion prepared by making 100 milligrams of purslane stand for 10 minutes in a liter of boiling water, constitutes an excellent disinfectant lotion , useful for relieving inflammation and redness of the skin, which helps in different cosmetic treatments.

Chemicals in purslane

Purslane has a multitude of chemical species, each of which plays a specific role in the body:

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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.