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Prickly chaff flower

Scientific name of Prickly chaff flower: Achyranthes aspera

Name of Prickly chaff flower in different languages:-

English: Rough chaff, Devil’s horsewhip

Sanskrit: अपामार्ग Apamarga, Aghata

Hindi: Chirchira; Latjira, Onga

Malayalam: Kadaladi കടലാടി

Plant description:-

Apamarga or Prickly chaff flower is an erect, annual herb grow up to about 1 to 1.5 meter in height, and with a woody base. Stems are simple, angular, ribbed, or branched from the base, often with a purple color, quadrangular, pubescent, leaves are thick sized 3.8 to 6.3 long and 2.5 to 4.5 cm wide, ovate – elliptic or rounded,, flowers greenish white, numerous in axillaries or terminal spikes long up to 75 cm, seeds are cylindrical, truncate at the apex, rounded at the base, reddish brown in color.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Lanceolate Margin-Entire Venation-reticulated
 ovate  Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Medicinal uses:

To treat Vata, Kapha diseases, malaria,  used as an abortifier, relieving acidity, their seed are used in  easy and painless delivery( ground with water and applied on belly and pubic area).

Chemical content:

Saponins, hydro carbons, oliyanic acid.

How to prepare medicines:

Ash made from whole plant with mix honey is helpful to relive cough.

Leaf juice is applied on fresh wound and cut to cure easily.

The ash made from the  herb is used for removing warts and ulcers.

It is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Vanga Bhasmam 



Kutajashtaka Kashaya


Apamarga KsharaTaila 

Maha Vishagarbha Tailam


Maha Panchagavya Ghrita

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