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Mountain knotgrass

Mountain knotgrass

Scientific name of Mountain knotgrass: Aerva lanata (Linn.) Juss.ex Schultes

Name of  Mountain knotgrass in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Astmabayda, bhadra, Barduka

Hindi: Gorakhbuti or Kapuri jadi.

Malayalam: Cheroola ചെറൂള, Balippovu ബലിപ്പൂവ്

Plant description of Mountain knotgrass 

Mountain knotgrass (Aerva lanata (Linn.) Juss.ex Schultes) is an annual, erect, branching herb, grows up to 1 m tall, commonly found in plane areas, roadsides as a weed. Leaves are alternately arranged, ovoid and 4 cm long. Flowers are dull white and grow in the leaf axils, as tiny clusters and sized 2.5 mm long and covered all part of the stem, flowering is May to October. The root of the plant is aromatic like camphor. This is one of ten sacred flowers of Kerala (Dasapushpam).

Useful plant parts: Whole plant

Medicinal uses: to treat the cough problems, burn, Pita, bleeding, worm infestation, kidney stone, one among Dasapushpam.

Chemical contents:

Alkaloids - ervine, methylervine, methylaervine, aervoside, ervoside, aervine, ervolanine, and aervolanine
Flavanoids-kaempferol, quercetin, persinosides A and B and isorhamnetin, persinol.
methyl grevillate, β-sitosteryl acetate and tannic acid and lupeol, lupeol acetate benzoic acid, .

Medicinal properties: anti-diabetic, antiparasitic, antifertility , antimicrobial, diuretic, hypolipidemicanti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic,  hepoprotective, anti-urolithiasis and antiasthmatic.

How to prepare medicines:

Mountain knotgrass is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

UreazeTablets

Brihatyadikashayam

Garbharaksha Kashayam

MutraVirechaniyaKashayas 

Nisakathakadikashayam

JatyadiThailam

Dadhika Ghrita

Trikantaka Ghritam

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3263055/

 

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