Indian Acalypha is a wild annual plant that grows along the roads, in gardens and wastelands. It is not an ornamental plant as it has no showy colored flowers.
The plant grows to a height of 25 to 65 cms. The leaf petioles are long and slender and the ovate leaves are about 3 to 8 cms. long. The leaf margins are serrate or toothed.
The flowers are borne in axillary erect spikes with the female flowers supported by conspicuous wedge-shaped bracts and the minute male flowers borne on top of the spike. The fruits are small, hairy and concealed in the bracts.
- Promotes the removal of mucous secretion from the bronchial tubes.
- Promotes the flow of urine.
- Bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and rheumatism.
- A laxative.
- Scabies and other skin diseases.
- To expel worms from the body.
- Very good agent for causing vomiting.
- Earache, syphilitic ulcers and relieving the pain of snake-bite and irritation caused by the bite of a centipede
HOW TO USE:
- The decoction of the leaves is used to take care of the first 3 ailments given under Medicinal use.
- The decoction of the leaves, mixed with some common salt, works well a a laxative.
- The juice of the crushed leaves is applied externally for the cure of scabies. When it is tobe used for other skin diseases, a very small quantity of white lime (calcium chloride) should be mixed with the juice before the application.
- The powder of the dry leaves is given to children for deworming. The decoction of the leaves with a little garlic also has the same effect.
- The juice of the leaves is of great repute for causing vomiting, especially in children.
- The decoction of the leaves is used earaches.
- A poultice (cataplasm) of the leaves is applied externally to syphilitic ulcers and also as a means of relieving pain of a non-poisonous snake-bite and irritation caused by the bite of a centipede.
Normal or as indicated above.
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