State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Acalypha indica L.

  • Family: Euphorbiaceae
  • Vernacular names: Kuppameni, കുപ്പമേനി (Malayalam), Indian acalypha (English), Arittamunjayrie, Manshinka, Muktavarcca (Sanskrit), Kuppikholi (Hindi), Kolippu, Kolippuntu, Payliyam (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Indo-Malesia and Tropical Africa
  • Description: Erect herbs. Leaves broadly ovate, base rounded to shortly attenuate. Spikes axillary, monoecious. Male flowers above, minute; Female flowers below subtended by foliaceous bracts. Capsules 3-valved.
  • Habit: Herb
  • Habitat: Deciduous forests and also in the plains
  • Flowering & Fruiting: July-December

  • Parts used: Whole plant
  • Properties & Uses: Diuretic, purgative, anthelmintic, expectorant, analgesic and emetic. Leaves and leaves are used to treat skin diseases, ulcers, bronchitis. Whole plant is used to treat cough, asthma, jaundice, rheumatism and diarrhea. Fruits are used to treat bronchitis and earache. Leaves are used in skin diseases and eye inflammation
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk, Unani, Homeo,
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