ACHYRANTHES ASPERA also Known as Prickly Chaff-flower
Achyranthes Aspera

Achyranthes Aspera

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Achyranthes Aspera
Throughout india and tropical asia
Seeds, Wholeplant
Prickly Chaff-flower


Medicinal uses: Different parts of the plant are ingredients in many native prescriptions in combination with more active remedies. In Western India the juice is applied to relieve toothache. The ashes with honey are given to relieve cough; the root in dosed of one tola is given at bedtime for night blindness, and rubbed into a paste with water it is used as an anjan (eye salve) in opacities of the cornea. The seeds are often used as a famine food in India, especially in Rajputana, where the plant is called Bharotha (grass).

Leaves, root, tandul and whole plant is used in various Ayurvedic formulations. It has been comprehensively indicated in Ayurveda as an anti-inflammatory agent for diseases of urinary tract disorders. It is used in formulations for piles, indigestion, cough, asthma, anemia, jaundice and snake bite. Apamarg kshar oil is used locally in earache. The root powder is applied to the skin diseases for controlling skin allergies and rashes.