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Achyranthes aspera


Achyranthes aspera
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Copyright: Nirmal Roberts (nirmalroberts) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 64 N: 705] (2857)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, Fujinon f=6.2-66.7(28-300)mm 1:2.8-4.9, Marumi 58mm UV Haze
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/420 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-17 4:44
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Points: 8
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Achyranthes aspera.
Synonym: Achyranthes indica.
Common names: Devil's Horsewhip, Prickly Chaff-Flower.
Common Hindi names: Latkana, Chirchita, Latjira, Onga.
Plant: 1m. Erect or subscandent annual herb.
Leaves: Opposite, elliptic or obovate, form an acute or obtuse base, acuminate or rounded at apex.
Flower: Deflexed, congested near the apex of the axis, perfect, bracts and bracteoles subequal.
According to Ayurveda, it is bitter, pungent, heating, laxative, stomachic, carminative and useful in treatment of vomiting, bronchitis, heart disease, piles, itching abdominal pains, ascites, dyspepsia, dysentery, blood diseases etc.
Used for Ayurvedic preparations Apamarga Taila, Agnimukha etc.
One of the more important mdicinal herbs of Nepal, it is widely used in the treatment of a range of complaints. Ophthalmic. The whole plant is used medicinally, but the roots are generally considered to be more effective. They contain triterpenoid saponins. The root is astringent, diuretic and antispasmodic. It is used in the treatment of dropsy, rheumatism, stomach problems, cholera, skin diseases and rabies. 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. The plant is astringent, digestive, diuretic, laxative, purgative and stomachic. The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of boils, diarrhoea, dysentery, haemorrhoids, rheumatic pains, itches and skin eruptions. 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. It is believed to relieve pyorrhea and toothache. The leaf is emetic and a decoction is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery. A paste of the leaves is applied in the treatment of rabies, nervous disorders, hysteria, insect and snake bites.
Plant yields achyranthine.
Useful for reclamation of wastelands.
Leaf is consumed as potherb.
Seeds rich in protein, cooked and eaten.
Used in religious ceremonies in India.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2007-12-17 7:31]

Hello Nirmal,
Very discreet plant, but how many amazing curative possibilities it has. And what a special common name, the Devil's Horsewhip (it's a whole programm!)
Thanks so much for this interesting picture and note
Anne

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6198 W: 89 N: 15305] (64084)
  • [2007-12-17 16:03]

Hi Nirmal,another perfect pic and unknow vegetable in your nice and courageous collection,thanks for share this nice work,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-12-18 4:42]

Hello Nirmal,
An intersting herb you have photographed here, accompanied by an excellent informative note.
Great composition showing the upright stem and flowers pretty sharply against an OOF natural BG.
Well done and thanks for sharing this,
Ivan

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  • prfry Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 30 W: 8 N: 15] (84)
  • [2008-01-03 2:47]

Hi Nirmal,
I really like the composition here, the curved pose of the stem is interesting. Very good amount of light, excellent focus and depth of field. Very educational notes too, it's amazing how many things such a little thing can do. Great things do come in small packages! Thanks for sharing.
Roxanne

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