English: Rough Chaff Tree, Prickly Chaff Flower
Latin: Achyranthes aspera Linn.
Part Used: Herb, leaves, seeds, root flower (whole plant)
Habitat: Small herb throughout India under 4,000 feet
Energetics: Pungent, bitter-cold-pungent VK- P+ Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat, nervesSystems: Circulation, digestion, nervous
Action: Diuretic, expectorant, antibilious
Uses: Decoction; diuretic for renal edema, stom- ach ache, hemorrhoids, boils, skin eruptions; with honey or rock candy for early stages of diarrhea and dysentery; leaves mixed with jaggery or black pepper into a paste as pills for fevers, cough, in- sect bites, and bee stings. Leaf juice applied to skin for overexposure to the sun. Leaves or seeds are used for poisonous animal bites. Seeds are used as an expectorant, or mixed with rice water for bleed- ing hemorrhoids. Khír or Payasam with seeds in milk for brain diseases. Seeds soaked in yogurt/ water overnight and ground into an emulsion the next morning heals bilious complaints. Preparation: Decoction, powder, paste, oil, infu- sion
Precaution: Do not use while pregnant