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Achyranthes aspera - L.
                 
Common Name Devil's Horsewhip
Family Amaranthaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open dry places at elevations up to 2000 metres in Nepal[272]. More or less naturalized as a weed in waste ground in southern Europe[50].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to Australia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Achyranthes aspera Devil


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Physical Characteristics
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Achyranthes aspera is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft). It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[144, 177]. Used as a spinach substitute[179]. Seed - cooked[144, 177]. The seeds are said to be eaten with milk in order to check hunger without loss of body weight[272]. The brown oviod seed is about 2mm long[266].
Medicinal Uses


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Antispasmodic;  Astringent;  Diuretic;  Odontalgic.

One of the more important mdicinal herbs of Nepal, it is widely used in the treatment of a range of complaints. Ophthalmic[152]. The whole plant is used medicinally, but the roots are generally considered to be more effective[283]. They contain triterpenoid saponins[283]. The root is astringent, diuretic and antispasmodic[152, 178, 272]. It is used in the treatment of dropsy, rheumatism, stomach problems, cholera, skin diseases and rabies[152, 272]. The juice extracted from the root of this plant, mixed with the root of Urena lobata and the bark of Psidium guajava, is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[272]. The plant is astringent, digestive, diuretic, laxative, purgative and stomachic[272]. The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of boils, diarrhoea, dysentery, haemorrhoids, rheumatic pains, itches and skin eruptions[272]. The ash from the burnt plant, often mixed with mustard oil and a pinch of salt, is used as a tooth powder for cleaning teeth[272]. It is believed to relieve pyorrhea and toothache[272]. The leaf is emetic and a decoction is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[272]. A paste of the leaves is applied in the treatment of rabies, nervous disorders, hysteria, insect and snake bites[272].
Other Uses
Soap;  Teeth.

The ash from the burnt plant, often mixed with mustard oil and a pinch of salt, is used as a tooth powder for cleaning teeth[272]. The dried twigs are used as toothbrushes[272]. The ash of the burnt plant is a rich source of potash. It is used for washing clothes[272].
Cultivation details
Cultivated as a food crop in China[179]. A very variable species[266]. See also [240] and [50].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in situ.

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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Victor Mon May 8 2006
Is this the same herb that is called: Rough Chaff Tree, Prickly Chaff Flower, Apamarga, Apamara, Adharajhada, Aghada, Aghata, Antisha, Apamarga, Apamargamu, Apang, Atkumah, Chirchira, Duk.-Agari, Kadaladi, Katalati, Kharamanjari, Khare-vazhun, Kune-la- mon, Kutri, Latjira, Nayuruvi, Pan- dhara-aghada, Safed hedo, Shiru-kidaladi, Uttaraene and Uttaranee, which is found all over India? If so, there is a danger of spontaneous Abortion associated with its use by pregnant women.

Holostics Online Much information concerning this plants holostic uses.

Elizabeth H.
Patel Nilesh J. Wed Feb 21 2007
I s there any scientific proof about anti-diabetic activity of Achyranthes aspera
Elizabeth H.
Ken Fern, Plants for a Future Wed Feb 21 2007
Currently, we have seen no information that this plant could be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.
Elizabeth H.
senthilkumarrp Fri Aug 10 2007
this medicin cure for kidney stone explain brefley
Elizabeth H.
Umar Kabiru Jega Mon Aug 20 2007
The plant is called Kiban kadangaru in Hausa lang. (Nigeria). It is used in the treatment of nemonia in children.
Elizabeth H.
Dr. neeta raj Fri May 16 2008
I wish to handle a research project on the same. suggest what are the thirst area with this plant
Elizabeth H.
Jay Cee Marshall Tue Jun 10 2008
Where can I buy the tea leaves for this Achyranthes apera - L. I heard about this on KBS World Television Station. They suggested washing well, soak for 24 hours and boil. Do you have any more suggestions for proper use. They also said that this tea is good for people in their 50's, and helps to lower body obesity.
Elizabeth H.
Gretchen Sat Aug 2 2008
I took a test on an QXCI machine and it suggested this herb. My practitioner doesn't know anything about this herb to tell me what dosage I would need to use. She uses a lot of other things but has not studied this one. Could anyone help me? brighteyes Saturday, Aug.2, 2008
Elizabeth H.
douglas blanchard Thu Feb 26 2009
hello i would like to order a devils horsewip plant and a clove plant and a firebush plant
Elizabeth H.
david Fri Feb 27 2009
This site only provides information on plants, doesn't supply the plants themselves.
Elizabeth H.
Samuel Tuffa Wed Apr 8 2009
Is Achyranthes aspera - L.legume plant?
Elizabeth H.
Jivraj V. Joshi Thu Jun 11 2009
In Sanskrit language it calls "APAMRJAN" means cleaner of internal system & & in Gujarati language marjan means Manjavu/ Ujadu karvu all meanings are to cle aning upto brightoning. and thatis why it is one of the best medicine to clean the Body & be healthy
Elizabeth H.
dr akhilesh kumar Thu Jun 18 2009
this is very important plant in traditional indian medicine and ayurveda
Elizabeth H.
abdhesh kumar Thu Jul 23 2009
have any hepato-protective R&D work done with achyranthus aspera leaf extract. pl. give this information in my e- mail. thank u
Elizabeth H.
namrata Fri Sep 11 2009
have any hepato-protective R&D work done with achyranthus aspera leaf extract. pl. give this information in my e- mail. thank u
Elizabeth H.
sanjay Fri Sep 25 2009
can i use achyranthes aspera for weight loss
Elizabeth H.
MANDAR R ZAMBARE Sat Oct 24 2009
SIRBUT THERE IS A PROOF FOR ANTIDIABETIC ACTIVITY BUT THE RESEARCH PAPER NEED TO BE PURCHASED AND I ALSO WANT THE COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE SAME PLANT
Elizabeth H.
Bhosale manju Tue Nov 10 2009
Bhosale Manju Nov 11 2009 Compost prepare from Biomass of Achyranthus is very good for increasing the quantity and quality of the Crop plat. It also increase the quantity of Reducing Sugar in your crop.Plz HALP TO CONSERVE THE NATURE.avoid Chemical fertilizar
Elizabeth H.
Bhosale manju Tue Nov 10 2009
Compost prepare from Biomass of Achyranthus is very good for increase the quantity and quality of the Crop plat. It also increase the quantity of Reducing Sugar in your crop.Plz HALP TO CONSERVE THE NATURE.avoid Chemical fertilizar
Elizabeth H.
chanda Wed Dec 9 2009
Which compound of A aspera is kill the microorganism ?
Elizabeth H.
chanda Wed Dec 9 2009
Which compound of A aspera is kill the microorganism ?
Elizabeth H.
lokesh kumar Mon Dec 14 2009
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