State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Aerva lanata (L.) Juss.

  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Vernacular names: Cherula, Cherupula, Cheruvula, ചെറൂള, ചെറൂവൂള (Malayalam), Polpala (English), Bhadra (Sanskrit), Chaya (Hindi), Cerupulai (Tamil)
  • Distribution: Widespread in the tropics and subtropics
  • Description: Erect herbs, shoot white woolly. Leaves, simple, alternate, orbicular to ovate, apex obtuse. Flowers in axillary, dense greenish white spikes.
  • Habit: Herb
  • Habitat: Deciduous forests and waste lands in the plains
  • Flowering & Fruiting: September-April

  • Parts used: Whole plant
  • Properties & Uses: Diuretic, anthelmintic and demulcent. The whole plant is used to treat skin diseases, cough, sore throat, indigestion, wounds and diabetes. The roots and flowers are used to relieve headache. The flowers are used for dissolving kidney stones.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk, Unani,
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