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ROUGH CHAFF (Achyranthes aspera)

 

Also known as: adharajhada, apamara, apamarga, aghada, aghata, antisha, apamarga, apamargamu, apang, atkumah, chirchira, devil's horsewhip, duk.-agari, kadaladi, katalati, kharamanjari, khare-vazhun, kune-la- mon, kutri, latjira, nayuruvi, pan-dhara-aghada, prickly chaff flower, safed hedo, shiru-kidaladi, uttaraene, uttaranee, washerman's plant)

 

Rough chaff Achyranthes aspera

 

Rough chaff is a herb that is considered a weed but it has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and can be used to treat abdominal pains, ascites (abnormal accumulation fluid in the abdominal or peritoneal cavity), asthma, blood diseases, bowel disorders, bronchitis, cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, dyspepsia, gonorrhoea, haemorrhoids, heart disease, herpes, zosta, high blood pressure, itching, rabies, renal dropsy, syphilis sores and urinary disorders. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for treating arthritis.

 

Rough chaff's has component that can combat various bacterial infections especially the Aeromonas hydrophila bacteria that can cause acute cholecystitis, bacteraemia and septicaemia, cellulitis,  eye infections, haemolytic syndrome, kidney disease, meningitis, osteomyelitis, peritonitis, pneumonia and respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infection, and wound and soft-tissue infections.

 

NOTE: The use of rough chaff is not recommended for pregnant women.

 

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