Latin name – Spilanthes acmella
English name – Pellitory
Indian name – Akarkara
Also known as "Toothache Plant" or "Paracress", Spilanthes acmella is a flowering herb in the Asteraceace amily. Its leaves and flower heads contain an Analgesic agent that may be used to numb toothaches. It is native to the tropics of Brazil, though it is grown as an ornamental (and occasionally as a medicinal) in various parts of the world. A small, erect plant, it grows quickly and sends up gold and red flower heads in the fall. The first frost reduces it to slime, but in warmer climates it is perennial.
Annual erect or ascending stout herbs, 20-50 cm high. Leaves are Opposite, petiolate, broadly ovate, narrowed at base, acute or obtuse at apex.
Roots and flower heads mainly.
Benefits of Akarkara:
- The herb exhibits general immunomodulator properties when used internally, boosting production of Leucocytes and anti-viral interferon as well as promoting phagocytosis.
- The root of this herb is used for premature ejaculation and rejuvenation.
Akarkara root Powder- 3-6 grams per day.