Sunday, June 8, 2014

Nayuruvi (Tamil) / Achyranthes Aspera (Botanical name) / Prickly Chaff flower (Common name)

Achyranthes Aspera
Family Name     : Amarantaceae
Common Name : Prickly Chaff-flower
Botanical Name  : Achyranthes Aspera

 Achyranthes aspera is a commonly called as Prickly Chaff flower and in Tamil language it is called as Nayuruvi.

It is type of weed distributed throughout the world. It is mostly seen in waste land. It will grow upto 3 feet. Flowers are bisexual having both male and female.


Leaves are bitter in taste, a laxative and useful for the treating vomiting, heart disease, piles, abdominal pains, dysentery and blood diseases.

It is one of the 21 leaves used in the Ganesh Pooja.

The whole plant contains the alkaloids achyranthine and betaine. Achyranthine, a water-soluble alkaloid, is reported to dilate blood vessels, lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate and increase the rate and amplitude of respiration.

This plant is said to be used as safeguard against scorpions and snakes by paralyzing them. It is described as purgative, pungent, and digestive.

Roots are useful in treatment of cancer. Decoction of roots is used in stomach troubles.

The roots are considered to be more effective is used in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery.

The ash from the burnt plant, mixed with mustard oil and a pinch of salt, is used as a tooth powder for cleaning teeth.

This plant is cultivated as a food crop in China.

It is said to be the plant shows significant abortifacient activity in mice and rabbits.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Thuththi (Tamil) / Abutilon indicum (Botanical Name) / Indian Mallow (commonly called)

Abutilon indicum

Family    : Malvaceae
Genus    : Abutilon
Species  : A.Indicum
Tamil     : Thuththi

Abutilon indicum is a type of weed commonly called as Indian Mallow. 

It is mostly found in tropical region. In south India it is commonly seen in bushes. This plant can reach upto 1 to 2m with leaves arranged alternately. 

Flowers looks yellowish with 5 to 7 cm long stalks. Fruits are green in colour and brown when it dried, it looks like cylindrical shape. We'll get some itching feeling when our body get contact with the plant.


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Medicine Use:

Various parts of Abutilon indicum are used in traditional medicine. 
Parts are uses as a sedative, laxative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and astringent. Also it is used for treat leprosy, ulcers, headaches, gonorrhea, and bladder infection.

It is used in relieve symptoms of diarrhea and get rid of thread worms in our body.

Roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and stem are used in traditional tamil medicine. All parts are dried and consumed daily to relieve symptoms of cold and fever.

Leaves are used as tonic.

Dried seeds are used as purgative.

Decoction made from the leaves is useful for cure tuberculosis, ulcer and bleeding disorders.

Whole plant with root is dried and made as powder and taken daily for 6 months by ladies till marriage and said to be help for safe pregnancy. 

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