Ayurveda and Science
Chirchita/चिरचिटा/Achyranthes aspera/Apamarg/Prickly chaff flower
AYURVEDIC & MEDICINAL PLANTS
Hindi Name: Chirchita
Sanskrit Name: Apamarg
English Name: Prickly chaff flower
Latin Name: Achyranthes aspera
Erect or ascending herbs or shrubs; leaves opposite, the blades entire many-flowered; becoming elongate, with only a few flowers open at the same time; flowers hermaphrodite, solitary in axils of acute, membranous, persistent bracts. The petals are white
Achyranthes Aspera Medicinal Uses
Apamarga has been extensively used in Ayurveda as an anti-inflammatory agent besides being useful in Hemorrhoids, indigestion, cough, asthma, anemia, jaundice and snake bite.
Apamarg oil is used locally in earache. The root powder is sprinkled over the lesion in skin diseases.
Plant yields achyranthine. Seeds are rich in proteins and potash