Name: Anacyclus pyrethrum, Pyrethrum radix
Names: Pellitory, Akarakara,
Akarkara, Aquarqarha, Akkirakaram, Akkalkara, Akkarakaram, Pellitory of
Spain, Pyrethre, Pyrethrum, Roman Pellitory, Spanish Camomile
This herb contains an essential
volatile oil and an alkaloid, pellitorin or pyrethrin. It has alkamides,
lignane (including sesamine), inulin (fructosan) and tannins. Alkamides
includes deca-2,4-dien acid-isobutylamide, anacycline, and
It is believed that
application of this herb to the skin stimulates the nerve ends that may
result in redness, and irritation accompanied by a hot, burning sensation.
Root of this herb is a valuable sialogogue.
It is often used as a tonic to the nervous system. It is powerfully irritant.
It is also used for rheumatic conditions, and to aid in digestion. Also
useful for toothaches (use as a gargle). It is also used as an
insecticide. Other applications include treatment for epilepsy, paralysis,
hemiplegia, and for sore throat and tonsils. Some herbalists suggest that
this herb may be useful for diabetes.
This herb is found in North
Africa, in the Mediterranean, Himalayas, North India and Arabian countries.
Preparation: powder, pills, paste,
1. Powder: Blow
herbal powder into the nose
1 to 5 grs. of Pellitory
Combination Pill is given to children for irritability of temper, wakefulness, painful dentition, diarrhea, colic and vomiting.
3. Churna: Take 6 grains
of Akara Karabhadi Churna
for impotence and chronic bowel complaints.
4. Boil 35 grs. in water.
It is given as drink in diabetes.
No health hazards or side
effects are reported if this herb is used under the supervision of a
Overdoses may result in
irritation, due to the mucus-membrane-stimulating characteristics of the
alkamides found in this herb.
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