Acalypha indica L.
Acalypha somalium Muell. Arg., Acalypha bailloniana Müll.Arg.
Muktajhuri (Bengali), Swetbasanta (Bengali), Biralhatchi (Bengali), Indian Acalypha (English)
In fallow lands throughout the country.
It occurs in Nigeria in West Africa and further widely throughout tropical Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. It also occurs in India, South East Asia, Yemen, and Oceania.
Botanical Description 16
Acalypha indica L. is up to 1 m high. Leaves 2.5-7.5 cm long, ovate or rhomboid-ovate, crenate-serrate. Flowers in numerous lax, erect, elongated axillary spikes, the male minute, clustered near the s
Common Ethnobotanical Use 17
The root of A. indica L. is used as a tonic, astringent, febrifuge and strong purgative. Whole part of the plant is applyed for bronchitis in children. Leaves are used to treat diarrhea, skin disorders, jaundices, piles, rheumatism ulcers, external skin eruptions, eczema, pustules, insect bites. The leaves are laxative and used externally as emollient, a poultice is used for chilblains, in insect bites, swelling, rheumatism and facial paralysis. Root is given in disorders of liver. Leaf is used as analgesic as an antipyretic, it is a remedy for malaria and fever. Root are convenient to treatment of diabetes, antipyretic, abortifacient, demulcent, lessens inflammation and heat of the body. The pulp of the fruit around the seeds is a mild purgative. The stem bark is employed against amenorrhoea, chest pain and swellings.
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