State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Acalypha fruticosa Forssk.

  • Family: Euphorbiaceae
  • Vernacular names: Chini, Kuppameni, Kattu Munja, Sinnimaram, കുപ്പമേനി, കാട്ടു മുഞ്ഞ (Malayalam), Birch leaved acalypha (English), Kantalikam, Katalikam, Sotthaachedi (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Paleotropics
  • Description: Erect profusely branched shrubs. Leaves ovate, base truncate or subcordate. Spikes short, axillary, solitary, androgynous. Female flowers below, sessile. Capsules trilobed.
  • Habit: Shrub
  • Habitat: Deciduous forests and wastelands
  • Flowering & Fruiting: July-August

  • Parts used: Leaves and root
  • Properties & Uses: Anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. The leaves decoction or infusion are used for the treatment of swellings, bee sting, skin diseases, infected wounds, dysentery, itch and epilepsy. Leaf extract given to children for cough and breathing problem. Root decoction is used to cure fever and cold. The leaf juice is used to treat ophthalmia.
  • Systems of Medicines: Folk,
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