Ethnopharmacological Note: Achyranthes aspera L. (Amaranthaceae): a plant for treatment of multiple disorders
Mahfuza Ripa, Md. Istiqur Rahman, Md. Shahadat Hossan, Mohammed Rahmatullah

Achyranthes aspera L. (Amaranthaceae) is known in English as prickly chaff flower and in Bengali as chirchiry. It is a herbaceous plant and commonly found in Bangladesh. In Ayurveda, the plant is known as apamarga, and used to treat hemorrhoids, coughs, asthma, anemia, jaundice, earache, skin diseases, and snake bite. An Ayurvedic medicine prepared from the plant, named Kshara, is used to treat fistula, obesity, and tumors. Other Ayurvedic medicines utilizing this plant include Gorochanadi gulika, used for thetreatment of pneumonia, coughs, cold, bronchitis, asthma, and diseases of throat, and Jyotishmati oil, which is used for the treatment of leucoderma.

Keywords: Achyranthes aspera, medicinal plants