Science of Herbs

Acalypha indica

Acalypha indica

Common Name: Kuppi, Muktajhuri
English Name: Indian acalypha
Botanical Name: Acalypha indica Linn.
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Description: Acalypha indica L. (family: Euphorbiaceae) is a weed widely distributed throughout the plainsof India. This is an annual, erect herb, 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 summit of the spike, the females scattered, surrounded by a large, dentate, cuneiform bracts. Capsules small, hispid.

Chemical Constituents: The plant contains kaempferol, a cyanogenetic glucoside, a base, triacetonamine and an alkaloid, acalyphine. It also contains the amide, acalyphamide, 2-methylanthraquinone, tri-O-methyl ellagic acid and γ-sitosterol, ß-sitosterol, ß-sitosterol glucoside, stigmasterol, n-octacosanol, quinine, tannin, resin and essential oil.

Properties: Used as antiseptic, Post-coital antifertlity, Anti-fungal and antibacterial acivity, As laxative, In removal of unwanted hair, in congestive headache.

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