Medicinal use of Achyranthes aspera

Chirchita or Apamarg (Achyranthes aspera) is a medicinal herb which can be found throughout India. It is used traditionally to treat various ailments across the country.  This herb is also found Baluchistan, Ceylon, Tropical Asia, Africa, Australia and America.
Apamarga is bitter, pungent, heating, laxative, stomachic and carminative.  It is used to treat bleeding piles, digestive disorders, fever, cough, dysentery, dropsy, insect bite, psoriasis, paralysis, spleen enlargement, abdominal pains, wounds etc.
Clinical studies show this plant contains alkaloids achyranthine and betaine which help to lower blood pressure and heart rate by dilation of blood vessels. Its flowers show diuretic activities.

General information

Prickly-Chaff-Flower Latin name: Achyranthes aspera Linn. (Amaranthaceae)
Sanskrit: Apamarga, Latjira
Hindi: Chirchita, Apamarg
English: Prickly Chaff Flower
Kannada: Uttarani
Malyalam: Katalati
Gujarati: Safad Aghedo
Tamil: Shiru-kadaladi
Telugu: Uttaraene

Here are few remedies that can be done at home using Apamarg (Achyranthes aspera) to cure various ailments.

  • Ear pain, Infection in ear

    Take fresh leaves of Apamarg and wash to remove dirt. Grind and extract its juice. Put few drops in ear to cure infection of ear.
  • Eye problem, redness in eye

    Take fresh root of Apamarg and clean it carefully to remove dirt and soil. Grind it with rose water and apply in eyes to cure eye infection.
  • Mouth ulcer

    Chew few clean, fresh leaves of Apamarg.
  • Migraine    

    Grind ripe seed of Apamarga to make powder. Smell this powder while suffering from migraine.
  • Back ache

    Take leaves of Apamarga and rub on affected areas on back.
  • Boils, wounds, eczema

    Extract Apamarga juice and rub on affected areas.
  • Wound

    Extract leaves juice and use this to wash wounds to heal quickly.
  • Insect bites

    Apply fresh leaves juices at affected areas.
  • Kidney problem, pneumonia

    Take apamarga panchang (5 gm) in water (200 ml) till volume reduces to 50 ml, filter and drink.
  • Enlargement of spleen

    Prepare powder of whole plant. Take this powder (2 tbsp) with butter milk twice a day.
  • Bleeding piles

    Take fresh leaves of Apamarg and wash to remove dirt. Grind with water and make paste. Mix til oil in this paste and apply this on affected areas.
  • Cold and cough

    Boil leaves of Apamarga in water and cook for 15 minutes. Strain and drink lukewarm.
  • Fever

    Take apamarga leaves juice (1 tbsp) with gur.
  • Cholera

    Take root powder of Apamargah (1 tbsp). Add in glass of water and drink.
  • Diarrhoea, dysentery

    Dry Apamarga leaves in shade and grind to make powder. Take this powder with honey or misri twice a day.  Or take fresh leaves juices (5-10 ml) every three hours to cure diarrhoea.
  • Abdominal pain   

    Extract leaves juice and take (2 tbsp) with glass of water.
  • Dropsy

    Take Apamarga panchang (4 tbsp) and boil in water (200 ml). Cook for twenty minutes. Strain and drink.
  • Paralysis

    Prepare root powder of herb. Take this with glass of milk.
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