Achyranthes aspera- a folk medicine

The Achyranthes aspera is an herb species belonging to the family Amaranthaceae. It is distributed throughout the tropical world. It is found in many places as introduced species. Generally it is found as a common weed in most of the places. It is used in folk medicine in different countries, and India is one of them, because it has the property of traditional medicine. Almost all part of the plant is used as traditional medicine such as the seed, flowering spikes, leaves and stem. The seed is given for hydrophobia, in snake bites, in ophthalmia and in cutaneous diseases. The flowering spikes are used as a pill and are given internally to the people bitten by mad dog. The fresh pulp of leaves is considered as a good remedy applied externally to the bite of scorpions. Even though the ashes of the plant contain good quantity of potash which is used in washing of the cloth. The plant also used as an herbal medicine in obstetrics and gynecology.

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