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AN OVERVIEW OF APAMARGA

Dr. Prana Singh*, Prof. Dr. Chandan Singh, Dr. Manoj Kumar Adlakha and Dr. Aditya Dev

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Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera Linn.) belong to the family Amaranthaceae is distributed throughout tropical, subtropical and warmer regions of the world. It is a stiff erect herb, 30-90 cm high. Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera Linn.) is Katu, Tikta in Rasa, Laghu, Rūkşa, Tīksna in Guņa, Uşna in Virya, Katu in Vipāka and acts as Kapha-vătahara, Sirovirecana, Dīpana-pācana and Medohara. Owing to their iportance Caraka denoted a chapter as "Apāmargatanduliya'. In English it is known as Chaff Tree, Prickly Chaff Flower, Rough Chaff Tree. It has Betaine, achyranthine, hentriacontane, ecdysterone; achyranthes saponins A, B, C, D. Apamarga is a rich source of Potassium. According to Ayurvedic Text Apamrga can be used in Excessive hunger, Piles, Visūcikā, Sidhma, Gravels and stone, Dysuria, Difficult labour, Wounds, Sinuses, Accidental wounds Eye disease, Ear disease, Head disease, Dog-bite, Meno-metrorrhagia, Abdominal pain, Jaundice, Insomnia and Pain in Vagina etc. Many Researches has been conducted over Apamarga till now.

Keywords: Apamarga, Pharmacological properties, Classical uses.


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