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Amaranthus spinosus - Prickly Amaranth

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Amaranthus spinosus is much-branched annual plant. It grows up to 100cm tall. The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of food and medicines. The leaves are sometimes sold as a vegetable in local markets.

Uses

Internal bleeding, Diarrhoea, Excessive menstruation, Snake bites, Ulcerated mouths, Vaginal discharges, Nosebleeds, Wounds, Eczema, Boils, Burns.

Parts Used

Stem, Leaves, Seeds.

Chemical Composition

Seven compounds, including two diglycoside flavonoids hesperidin (1) and rutin (2), one phenolic acid (E)‐ferulic acid (3), two amino acids namely tyrosine (4) and arginine (5) and two sterols comprising spinasterol (6) and spinasterol 3‐O‐β‐D‐glucopyranoside etc.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Mulluharive soppu
Hindi Kanta chaulai
Malayalam Kattumullenkeera
Tamil mullukkeerai
Telugu NA
Marathi Kante bhaji
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Tanduliuyah
English Prickly Amaranth

[2]

Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Guna

Veerya

Vipaka

Karma

Prabhava

Habit

Annual

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature

[3]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
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Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position[200 ]. Grows best in a moist soil, but is able to tolerate fairly dry soils and also quite wet, but not waterlogged.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Roadsides, Waste places, Fields.

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References

  1. Chemistry
  2. Karnataka Aushadhiya Sasyagalu By Dr.Maagadi R Gurudeva, Page no:295
  3. [Morphology]
  4. Cultivation

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