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Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Genus: Acalypha
Botanical name: Acalypha indica
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Harita manjari
Hindi: Kuppi, Kuppikhokhali
English: Indian Copperleaf, Indian acalypha, Indian nettle, Three-seeded-mercury
Malayalam: Kuppameni, Kuppi, Kuppikhokhali
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Indian Copperleaf is a species of plant having catkin type of inflorescence. It occurs throughout tropical Africa and South Africa, in India and Sri Lanka, as well as in Yemen and Pakistan. It has possibly been introduced elsewhere as a weed. In West and East Africa the plant is used as a medicinal plant. It is a common herb growing up to 75 cm tall with ovate leaves. Flowers are green, unisexual found in catkin inflorescence. In West Africa the leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. It is also browsed by cattle. This plant is held in high esteem in traditional Tamil Siddha medicine as it is believed to rejuvenate the body.
The juice extracted from the Indian Copperleaf leaves, mixed with lime and applied on skin to cure diseases caused by Ringworm. Fresh juice of leaves mixed with oil and salt is used for Rheumatoid_arthritis and to cure Scabies. Powdered leaves are used to cure bedsores and infected wounds. The active medicinal compounds like Acalyphine and Triacetoneamine are extracted from this plant. They contain cyanogenic glucoside and alkaloids. The paste of the leaves can be applied to burns.
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