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Persicaria minor (syn. Polygonum minus) is an annual herb in the knotweed family (Polygonaceae) and is native to temperate zones of Eurasia. Kesum, aka pygmy smartweed or small water-pepper, is used traditionally in Southeast Asian cooking and for indigestion, flatulence, constipation, and for stomach pain.

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Please enjoy this information on kesum made available through the generosity of Biotropics Malaysia's adoption.

Additional ABC Kesum Resources

HerbalGram articles

In the Land of Kesum. 2017; 115: 5.

HerbClip reviews

Kesum May Improve Cognition in Healthy, Middle-aged Women. HC# 061655-558, December 15, 2016.

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