English :Prickly chaff flower
Group :Angiosperm (Dicotyledon)
Species :aspera Linn.
Habit :Perennial profuse herb
Parts Used :Leaf, Seed and Root
Mode of Preparation :Leaf crushed with water for extract. Tender shoot cooked with fresh prawn. Leaves crushed for decoction.
Mode of use :Decoction and fresh
Ingredients :The roots contain triterpenoid saponins, betaine, achyranthine, hentriacontane, ecdysterone and two glycosides of oleanolic acid have been reported .The dried dehusked seeds contain amino acid. Two numbers of Saponins C and D isolated from fruits.
Ailment Treated:Leaf extract is taken orally in piles and skin-sores, improves appetite useful in, menstrul disorder, bronchitis, itching, asthma and cough. Decoction of herb is diuretic, used in renal dropsies. Roots are chewed as remedy in pyorrhoea and other gum complaints. Seeds are used in hydrophobia. Tender shoot cooked with fresh prawn is eaten to purify blood and for healthy growth of children.
Source:Very common in the valley especially in pasture lands, other waste lands and under bamboo shade.