Achyranthes aspera

Botanical Name Achyranthes aspera
Common Name Aandhijhara
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Achyranthes
Species: aspera
Part used Whole plant, Specially flowering tops, roots and seeds
Medicinal Properties Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant, astringent, Alexiteric, Appetiser, Stomachic, Deobstruent, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Anthelmintic, Alterative, Spasmodic.
Medicinal Use Asthma, Itching, Infusion and Hysteria, Externally in skin diseases, in foul ulcers, convulsions in children diseases and disease of brain. The roots are also useful in cancer and stones in the bladder.
ChemistryRoots contains: triterpenoid saponins, betaine, achyranthine, hentriacontane, ecdysterone and two glycosides of oleanolic acid. Seeds: amino acids.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatFound in tropical areas
DescriptionIt is an erect or prostrate, annual or perennial herb about 1m to 2m high. Leaves are opposite, margins undulate. Flowers: numerous, stiffly deflected against the pubescent rachis in elongate terminal spike, 20-30cm. long. Seeds are oblong-ovoid.