Achyranthes aspera (common names: chaff-flower, prickly chaff flower, devil’s horsewhip, Sanskrit – Apamarga) is a species of plant in the Amaranthaceae family. It is distributed throughout the tropical world. Apamarga is one of the 21 leaves used in the auspicious yearly Lord Ganesh Puja in India. Achyranthes aspera has occupied a pivotal position in Indian culture and folk medicine. Since ancient times the tribal and rural people of India commonly use this herb in various disorders.
Apamarga is widely used for medicinal purposes especially as diuretics and even used for obstetrics and gynecology purposes (to be taken under medical supervision by pregnant ladies). Prickly chaff flower supports overall digestion, removal of extra phlegm and toxins.
Apamarga whole herb promotes blood circulation and heart pumping. A special medicine is prepared out of whole plant burnt ash called as Apamarga Kshara which supports excellent diuretic properties, healing and disinfectant activity. Apamarga Kshara is said to be beneficial in Urinary tract issues from kidney stones to burning urination.
Apamarga Kshara has an overall Alkalising effect on the whole body when taken regularly for 30- 45 days. Achyranthes support acid neutralising response and hence useful in gastritis, hyperacidity, excessive Pitta.
As per scientific studies, Apamarga contains Triterpenoid Saponins which supports urinary tract cleansing response. Achyranthes support clearing of the respiratory tract from unwanted phlegm and relief from chronic cough and cold.
It is said that external application of Apamarga powder paste promotes pain reducing response arisen due to scorpion or mad dog bite.
BENEFITS OF ACHYRANTHES ASPERA
It has excellent appetizer and digestive properties because of which it helps improve digestive strength and reduce ama in the body.
2. Cough and Cold
Achyranthes aspera ash is an effective and strong medicine for expelling excessive Kapha in the body and to give relief from cough due to its property of hot in potency.
3. Piles or Fistula
Achyranthes aspera also has purgative quality which helps loosen stool along with increasing bowel movement and lowers the risk of piles or fistula in ano.
Achyranthes aspera also reduces the risk of worm infestation in the gut due to its anti worm property.
5. Renal calculus
Achyranthes aspera has sharp and diuretic properties because of which it helps to break down and eliminate renal calculus (kidney stone) when taken orally.
According to Ayurveda, the root paste of Achyranthes aspera helps to reduce itching, skin rashes when applied externally due to its property of balancing Vata and Kapha.
The juice of Achyranthes aspera leaves help in healing of wound and ulcer due to its healing property when applied directly to them.
8. Insect bites
The paste or juice of Achyranthes aspera leaves help lower the pain in case of insect bite when applied externally due to its properties of healing and balancing Vata.
Apamarg kshar oil is used to reduce earache due to its property of balancing Vata.
10. Fistula in ano
In Ayurveda, a unique medicine called Apamarga ash is used externally in the surgical process of fistula.
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