HYGROPHILA, Asteracantha longifolia (Hygrophila auriculata)


Latin name: Asteracantha longifolia (Hygrophila auriculata)

English name: Hygrophila, Marsh Barbel

Sanskrit name: Kokilaksha

Indian name: Talimakhana

Medicinal parts used: Roots, Leaves, Seeds

Asteracantha longifolia is a plant common in India. It is an annual herb or under shrub that grows to a height of about 60 cms. Generally, the plant is found on wet places. The stem is square and thickened at nodes and hairy. The bark is dark brown. The leaves are elliptic-lanceolate, hispid and sessile. The flowers are bluish purple. The capsules are 1 cm. long, linear oblong, pointed glabrous, and about 8 seeded. The seeds are dark brown, hairy and spherical. The powdered seeds with water form a gel.

Therapeutic use:

  • Roots are sweet, sour, bitter, refrigerant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, haemopoictic, hepatoprotective and tonic.
  • It is useful in inflammations, hyperdipsia, strangury, jaundice, rheumatism, gonorrhea, anasarca and vesical calculi.
  • It is also used in flatulence and dysentery.
  • Leaves are haemopoictic, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anti diabetic, stomachic, ophthalmic, diuretic and liver tonic.
  • It is used in hepatic obstruction, jaundice, arthritis, rheumatism and diseases of urinogenital tract.
  • It is useful in flatulence and other stomach related diseases.
  • It is useful in anemia and for treating blood diseases.
  • It is used to lower the blood sugar level.
  • Seeds are gelatinous, febrifuge, rejuvenating and nervine tonic.
  • It is used in burning sensation, fever and headaches, diarrhoea and dysentery.

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