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Achyranthes bidentata- Kaadu Uttharaani
Achyranthes bidentata is a perennial plant growing 70 - 120cm tall. The plant is often harvested from the wild, mainly for use as a medicine, but also as a food and source of a toothbrush. It is widely cultivated in China, especially in Henan Province, as a medicinal plant and as a food plant.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
A water-soluble oligosaccharide, composed of six glucose units and three mannose units, has been isolated from the roots The roots contain free oleanolic acid (0.096%) and its saponins (1.93%). An alcoholic extract of the root showed presence of amino acids, steroids, triterpenoids, alkaloids and coumarins. The seeds afforded achyranthin. 
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
|Simple||Opposite||10-16 x 2-2.5 cm, linear-lanceolate, apex acuminate, thinly pubescent; nerves 7-9 pairs; petiole 5 mm long.|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Bisexual||Axillary and terminal||Spike axillary and terminal, 15-30 cm long, narrow, glabrous; bracts 4 x 1.5 mm, lanceolate, long-aristate; bracteoles 3 mm long, entire, aristate. Flowers distant; tepals equal, 7 x 1.5 mm, lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous.|
|Achenes||3 x 1.5 mm||cylindrical, longitudinally striate, reddish-brown.|