Achyranthes aspera Linn.

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Achyranthes aspera Linn. is aslo known as Achyranthes aspera forma robustioides Suss., Achyranthes indica Linn., Centrostachys aspera{L.}Stanley, belongs to Amaranthaceae, family.
The Arabic Names for this herb are Atsheerul-Tahis, Charchita Ashneen.
The English Name for this herb is Prickly Chaff Flower.
The Urdu Names for this herb are Abat-Kandari, Charchitah, Charchutta, Khardar-Guna, Pathkanda.

Pharmacological Actions

The pharmacological Actions of Achyranthes aspera Linn. are Alterative, Anti-asthmatic, Anti-diarrhoeal, Anti-dysenteric, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-malarial, Anti-Periodic, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-tussive, Antidote, Astringent, Blood Purifier, Carminative, Depurative, Diuretic, Expectorant, Laxative, Lithontriptic, Pectoral, Purgative, Resolvent, Stomach Tonic, Styptic.


  • Astringent
  • Blood Purifier
  • Expectorant

  • Seed:
  • Emetic

  • Indications

    The Indications of Achyranthes aspera Linn. are Colic, Toothache, Ascites, Flatulence, Scabies, Cough, Spleen Enlargment, Dysentery, Piles, Asthma, Boils, Diarrhoea, Skin Eruptions, Dropsy, Ulcers, Gonorrhoea, Rheumatism, Leprosy, Warts, Stomachache, Hysteria, Malaria, Anasarca, Pneumonia, Bloody Piles, Painful Menstruation, Syphilitic Sores, Bilious Cough, Renal Dropsy, Dog Bite, Snake Bite, Cutaneous Affections, Ring Worm.

    The Indications of Leaves of Achyranthes aspera Linn. are Hydrophobia, Bloody Piles, Diarrhoea, Paralysis, Dysentery.

    The Indications of Root of Achyranthes aspera Linn. are Piles, Ringworm, Cough, Bowel Complaints, Bleeding, Skin Eruptions, Flatulence, Ophthalmia, Dropsy, Swelling, Night Blindness, Renal Dropsy, General Anasarca.

    The Indication of Flower of Achyranthes aspera Linn. is Bloody Piles.

    The Indications of Seed of Achyranthes aspera Linn. are Hydrophobia, Biliousness.

    No Contra Indication information is available for Achyranthes aspera Linn..


    The Temperament of Achyranthes aspera Linn. is 2nd order, warm and cold.

    Available Brands

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    Compound Preparations

    Achyranthes aspera Linn. is used in the preparation of Kushta Hartal Warqi, Kushta Sam ul-Far, Kushta Shangraf compounds.


    Above Ground PartsN/A
    Whole Herb5.000g - 7.000gN/A
    Leaves and FlowersN/A

    Herb's Description

    Achyranthes aspera Linn. is a herb, 0.3-0.9 m long, errect, and branched
    Achyranthes aspera Linn.'s Seed, subcylindric in shape, brown in color. Truncate at the apex, rounded at the base.
    Achyranthes aspera Linn.'s Leaves: glabrous and thick in texture, 6-20mm long, obovate and round shaped at the apex, size is usually 3.8-6.3 by 2.5-4.5 cm. Some times nearly orbicular, finely and softly pubescent on both sides, entire. Petioles 6-20 mm long.
    Achyranthes aspera Linn.'s Flower, concave, braodly ovate in shape, greenish white in color. Numerous, elongate terminal spikes. Sepals: subequal, ovate-oblong, finely pointed, with narrow white membranous margins. Stamens: 5, staminodes truncate, fimbriate.
    Achyranthes aspera Linn.'s Stem. Texture is stiff.

    Taste Odor & Occurrence

    Occurence: It occurs in Africa, America, Australia, China, India, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tropical Asia.
    Odor: The odor of Achyranthes aspera Linn. is Pungent
    Taste: Bitter


    No information regarding Achyranthes aspera Linn.'s substitute is currently available.

    Active Constituents

    Achyranthes aspera Linn.'s Active constituents:


    No information regarding Achyranthes aspera Linn.'s antidot is currently available.

    Warning & Precautions

    Large doses may cause abortion.The plant seeds may cause emesis and decrease appetite.


    Currently no Toxicity information is available for Achyranthes aspera Linn.. (work in progress)