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Indian acalypha

Scientific name of Indian acalypha: Acalypha Indica L

Name of Indian acalypha in different languages:

Family Euphorbiaceae.

English: Indian nettle, Three-seeded mercury, Indian copper leaf

Sanskrit: Kuppi, Harithamanjari

Malayalam: Kuppameni കുപ്പമേനി, Poochamayakki-പൂച്ചമയക്കി 

Plant description:

Acalypha Indica - Indian nettle or three-seeded mercury is an annual plant commonly found throughout India, in the plane areas, grows up to 1 m. tall, leaves are abundant, green, ovate-elliptical, in a long stamen and many branched. Flowers are green and seeds are white and small pod contain lots of seeds inside.

Useful plant parts:


Whole plant

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-elliptical Margin-Serrated Venation-parallel
indian-acalypa-leaf Margin_Serrated--Forward-teething parallel2

Medicinal uses:

Wounds, Skin diseases like scabies, eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, skin fungal infection, and also used in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, digestive disorders, respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia.

Chemical content:

kaempferol, Acalyphine, acalyphamide, Triacetoneamine, cyanogenic glycoside, quinone, sterols and alkaloids.

Medicinal Properties:

Antibacterial, Anti-venomous( Neutralize snake venom) 

The herb may causes intestinal irritation.

How to prepare medicines with Indian acalypha:

The juice extract of leaves mixed with lime and applied on the skin to cure Ringworm.Fresh juice of leaves mixed with coconut oil and salt is better for Rheumatoid arthritis pain and to cure Scabies. Powdered leaves are used to cure infected wounds.

Fresh juice of leaves mixed with coconut oil and salt is better for Rheumatoid arthritis pain and to cure Scabies. Powdered leaves are used to cure infected wounds.

Leaves ground with raw turmeric is applied on the wound to cure easily.

Cats chew this plant's root and leaf to cure digestive problems and constipation, so this plant is called in Malayalam 'Poochamayakki-പൂച്ചമയക്കി '.

Application of leaf juice can cure scabies and other skin disorders.

Tincture  is used in Homeopathy medicine for incipient phthisis with bloody expectoration, emaciation and arterial hemorrhage.

 

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