Akarkara (Spilanthes Acmella)

 
 
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Habitat:

Akarkara  is found throughout the country in India.

Description:

All plants are scientifically classified into main 7 levels. These levels are Kingdom, Division, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. A genus comprise of many species and botanical name consists of Genus (uppercase) followed by Species (lowercase). Genus consists of many species which are closely related and have lots of similarities. Species is the lowest level and represents the group of same plant. 

Medicinal Uses:

Akarkara is a folk medicine for treating oral diseases, rheumatic pain, fever and several other ailments. For medicinal purpose flower head and leaves are used. The flowers and leaves have pungent taste, accompanied with tingling and numbness.

Leaves are considered tonic and given to treat rheumatism, joint pain, arthritis and gout. Due to local anaesthetic properties the plant is used in toothaches. The plant parts have property to increase salivation and used as stimulation for curing headaches. The dried flower head is useful in mouth soreness. In dysentery, whole plant is boiled in water and given to treat dysentery. The paste of plant is used as lotion in psoriasis and scabies