English name: Indian Acalypha
Parts Used: Whole plant
Considered by many as common weed, Acalypha indica grows profusely in abandoned fields and wastelands. It belongs to the family of Euphorbiaceae. It’s one of the few plants that make new entry to the field of herbal therapeutics.
Appearing new into the scene, Acalypha indica unfortunately do not have widely or generalised names in most of Nigeria’s local languages. This however does not detract from its vast and promising therapeutic potentials.
This plant has been studied and validated for the following healing actions ;
Hemostatic action, it can arrest bleeding
Anodyne (Analgesic) effects for pain relief
It is a sedative herb, it induces profound sleep
Fresh leave pulp can be inserted as anal suppository to treat chronic constipation
It clears the respiratory tract and is useful for the treatment of respiratory disorders such as asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis
It has antibacterial property
It kills parasites and as a good vermifuge, expels intestinal worms
It is diuretic plant and can be applied for instance in the treatment and management of oedema (fluid retention).
Take closer look and interest in Acalypha indica when next you sight it. Who knows, it might just be handy and useful to you or your loved ones at a time no other medical assistance appears to in sight.
Note that herbal supplements are best administered by trained health care providers.
Dr Gilbert Ezengige is a licensed natural medicine practitioner, lecturer and writer on health and social issues. Visit www.healthbubbles.com for more.