Apamarga plant is an annual and perennial herb which is small, erect with a woody base. It grows to about 2 metres in height. It has simple, angular, and ribbed stems that are purple colored.
Leaves are ovate attached to the stem on both sides. Achyranthes Aspera Flowers are greenish white, and the sub-cylindric seeds are reddish brown in colour. The seeds remain rounded at the base.
It is notorious for the way the spores cling to the clothes due to their sharp spicules. The spores are the fruit part of the plant.
The common name is prickly chaff flower and devil’s horsewhip.
Botanical name of Apamarga plant
The botanical name is Achyranthes Aspera. It belongs to the Amaranthaceae.
Geological places where Achyranthes Aspera grows
This tropical weed has a distribution throughout the world. It grows in the tropical regions of America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. In India, you can find it throughout on the roadsides as well as waste places up to the height of 2100 mts.
Apamarga plant Medicinal uses
The medicinal properties are due to the chemicals present in the prickly chaff flower. This includes triterpenoidsaponins and long-chain alcohols. The taste is bitter and pungent and stimulates the digestive fire.
The Apamarga tree has the ability to control the vata and kapha doshas in the body. In those diseases where uncontrollable hunger plays a part, one may use this herb for therapy. Make porridge with the Apamarg and feed this to the patient. They will soon recover from their ailment. Also, you can digest the ‘ama’ in the body which is the leftover undigested food in the GI tract.
Detoxify the body
This is a strong herb that produces effective detoxification for the whole body. You can remove all the overrunning kapha and vatadoshas from the body.
Strong purgative and antimicrobial action
The Apamarg finds use to remove the intestinal microbes. It helps remove the worms in the gut through its purgative action. This plant fights microbes anywhere in the body including the skin. It helps you fight eczema and removes all infectious conditions.
Relieve nausea and Heal wounds
If you have sustained bouts of vomiting, you can use the herb to get relief. It will relieve your symptoms of nausea within a short time. The action of the herb on the superficial cuts, scrapes, and wounds helps to improve the healing time.
Get relief from piles and itching
You can get relief from hemorrhoids and piles by using the Achyranthes Aspera herb. This is due to the balancing action of the doshas that prevents constipation and other conditions that lead to piles. The herb provides relief from external pain, scorpion bites, and itching. You can apply the paste on the site of the wound or bite locally to get relief.
Treat Ear pain and Excellent diuretic action
People use the oil of the Apamarga herb to get relief from an earache. Put a few drops of the oil in the ear, and soon your earache will disappear. It helps people suffering from dysuria, urinary retention, water retention, and urinary stones. You can use the herb to break down the stones in the bladder and kidney.
Relieve gas, cure jaundice and Helpful in Asthma
When there is an accumulation of gas in the intestines, it can lead to bloating and distension of the abdomen. By adding the paste of Achyranthes Aspera to the diet, one may get relief from the gas problem.
When you have disorders of the liver and remain affected by diseases such as jaundice, you can use the herb to get a cure. Have the herb regularly morning and evening with tea.
Your jaundice problem will soon disappear. The Apamarg helps relieve asthmatic problems. It helps enhance breathing by opening the air passages. You can use the decoction of the herb for this. Read how to treat asthma naturally?
Treat Anemia and cure bleeding disorder
This herb can improve the blood count. Make a paste of the herb and add it to the diet. Have it at least two to three times a week to relieve the symptoms of anemia. The fruit of the Apamarga herb is difficult to digest. This is useful for controlling and curing bleeding disorders.
Good for the heart
The action of the herb against the cholesterol in the blood helps to decrease the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood. This augments the heart health a lot.
Improve appetite, Cure glandular growths and hiccups
The herb improves taste, and this is useful for relieving anorexia. If you have fibroid and growth in the glands, you can use the Achyranthes Aspera herb to cure this condition. If you develop hiccups, have the decoction of the herb, and your hiccups will vanish.
Cure infections and Helps decrease sputum
It is useful for curing infections and getting rid of worms in the head and neck region. By having the herb regularly, you can break down and expel sputum.
Use it for weight loss
If you want to lose weight, take the decoction of the herb in morning and evening. Soon, you will experience a loss of weight. This is due to the scraping effect of the herb on the cholesterol. Also, it reduces fat deposition, so your body begins to lose weight.
Useful for surgery
They dry and burn the herb. Then, they dissolve the ashes in water and use it for many medical preparations including surgery.
Good for treating inflammation and malaria
You can control the various inflammatory conditions using the herb. The herb finds use in many parts of the world such as Africa to cure the symptoms of malaria.
Helpful women medicine and Help treat many conditions
Apamarga finds a use for gynecology and obstetrics for induction of labour and abortion. It helps in the cessation of postpartum bleeding. One can use Apamarga plant to treat a variety of conditions such as migraines, convulsions, and epilepsy. It also finds a use for treating psychological conditions. This is one of the best herbs for treating conditions affecting the head region.
Apamarga plant is not safe for pregnant or lactating mothers as it induces abortion. Use of an excess of the herb will induce vomiting. For those who are undergoing infertility treatment, the use of Achyranthes Aspera is not recommended.