Description : APAMARGA (Achyranthes aspera) has been described as a divine medicine in the Vedas. Acharya Charaka was so much convinced of its efficacy that in his famous work Charak Samhita, he specially gave the name of one of its chapters after the great herb. Apamarga grows in plenty in wasteland and by the roadsides throughout the Indian subcontinent. It is more commonly known as puthkanda.
Apamarga is pungent and bitter in taste and light, dry, sharp and hot in effect. It not only alleviates kapha and vata but purifies pitta also. The whole plant, which is medicinal, contains an alkaline substance — specially “potash”. Depending upon the colour of its flowers apamarga is of two types —red and white. But the medicinal properties of these two are the same.
Uses : Apamarga – Achyranthes aspera is one of the powerful Ayurvedic herb. It is used to prepare a special medicine called Kshara, used extensively in surgical procedures to treat fistula, and as oral medicine for obesity, tumors etc.