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AKARKARA


WHAT IS AKARKARA

 It is an important medicinal plant that is used in the treatment of various ailments. The botanical name for Akarkara is Anacyclus pyrethrum which belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is widely used in the treatment of men’s diseases, cold, toothache, and pyorrhea.


What are the other names of AKARKARA in various languages

English – Pellitory of Spain

Tamil – Akkarakaaram

Hindi – Akhalkara

Sanskrit – Akarakaraba

Marathi – Akkalakara

Telugu – Akarakaram

Gujarati - Akkorakaro


ORIGIN AND SOURCE OF AKARKARA

It is originated from Africa and Arab. It is also found in India, Bengal, North Africa, Syria, Arabia. In India, it is found in Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayas, and Uttar Pradesh. It usually grows in dark loamy soil up to an altitude of 1000-1500 ft in Tamil Nadu.  The leaves are15 cm long and it is light green and it turns into light purple as it gets matures.  It contains 7-10 flowers and is yellow with red spots. The growing season is April and May. 

Part used: Roots

Taste: Pungent

Potency: Hot 


CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS IN AKARKARA

On chemical compound analysis of the akarkara roots, it includes

Ten unsaturated amides, one sterol, and three fatty acids, highly significant of anthracycline, pellitorine,  enetriyne alcohol, phenylethylamine, polyacetylenic amides I-IV,   N-(2'-p-hydroxy phenylethyl)-deca-, trans4-dienamides, inulin, dodeca-, and tetradeca trans-2, and sesamin.

Action:

  • Abortifacient
  • Anticatarrhal
  • Anti-hyperglycemic
  • Antipyretic
  • Antipyretic
  • Diaphoretic
  • Decongestant
  • Expectorant
  • Emmenagogue
  • Insecticidal
  • Molluscicidal
  • Rubefacient
  • Sialagogue
  • Stimulant


TRADITIONAL AND MODERN VIEW OF AKARKARA

  • The obtained from the root help to increase the libido and delays the ejaculation
  • It helps to reduce the pain that causes numbness
  • The powder is mixed with honey or milk is to treat aphrodisiac and amenorrhoea in women.
  • The flower act as an insecticidal


DOSAGE OF AKARKARA

The dose of a drug used according to physicians

Root: 1 to2.5 gm 


PRECAUTIONS WHILE USING AKARKARA

  • It is a mucus irritant from the upper to lower gastrointestinal tract if it is overdosed causing bloody stool, muscle spasm, and stupor.
  • If it is handled incorrectly leads to contact dermatitis.


CONTRAINDICATIONS WHEN USING AKARKARA

It is contraindicated to use this herb for those who are allergic to the Compositae plant family


BENEFITS OF AKARKARA

Toothache:

Traditional view: According to Ayurveda, toothache occurs due to an imbalance of Kapha doshas. The use of Akarkara helps to treat toothache by balancing Kapha

Take the required amount of Akarakara powder as per the dose and duration advised by the doctor and mix it with honey. Rub your teeth with this paste to control toothache

Modern view: Due to its antioxidant and analgesic effect the use of akarkara helps to reduce the toothache

Insect bite:

Due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial effect, the use of akarkara prevent the growth of microbes and protect the skin from diseases

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Traditional view: According to Ayurveda, Rheumatoid arthritis is called Amavata. It mainly occurs due to the imbalance of Vata dosha and the accumulation of toxins that occurs due to improper digestion and this toxin is carried to different parts of the body through Vata and gets accumulated in the joints. The use of Akarkara helps to improve digestion and reduce the accumulation of toxins by its hot properties. This also balances the Vata and reduces the symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Take the required amount of akarkara powder and consume it with honey or water after your meals. Use this to treat arthritis

Osteoarthritis:

Traditional view: According to Ayurveda, Osteoarthritis is called Sandhivata and it occurs due to the imbalance of Vata dosha which causes pain, inflammation, and joint movement. The use of Akarkara helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis by balancing the imbalance of Vata dosha

Indigestion:

According to Ayurveda, indigestion is called Agnimandya that occurs due to the imbalance of Pitta dosha and poor digestive fire which leads to the accumulation of toxins in the body and causes indigestion. The use of Akarakar balances the Pitta dosha and improves digestion.

Male sexual dysfunction:

Sexual dysfunction occurs due to the loss of libido which leads to low erection time which is called premature ejaculation. The use of akarkara increases the quality and quantity of semen by maintaining the sexual performance by its Aphrodisiac property.


HOW CAN YOU ADD AKARKARA IN YOUR DAILY LIFE?

Akarkara capsule:

Take the required amount of Akarkara capsule as per the dose and duration advised by the doctor. Consume it with water after your meals

Akarkara powder:

Take the required amount of Akarkara powder as per the dose and duration advised by the doctor Consume it with your meals 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON AKARKARA

What is Pellitory root?

Pellitory is a plant. The root is used to make medicine. People take pellitory for treating arthritis and for improving digestion. Pellitory is sometimes applied directly to the gums for toothaches and to the skin to kill insects.

What is the use of Akarkara?

Akarkara is generally used to manage pain and inflammation related to arthritis due to its antioxidant property. It is also beneficial for indigestion as it stimulates the secretion of saliva as well as the digestive enzymes needed for digestion.

Is Akarkara powder available in the market?

Yes, it is available in the market and it can be brought from online websites or ayurvedic and stores.

How to store Akarkara powder?

It should be stored in an airtight container and keep the medicines away from the heat and light and Do not keep the medicines reaching out to children