ANDROGRAPHIS PANICULATA / Kaalmegh
Vernacular Name: Ankuri phul, kaalmegh
English Name: The Creat
Distribution: Old World Tropics from Africa to Myanmar
Parts used: Whole plant
Description: Herb about 15-20 cm. Leaves 2.5*0.8 cm, opposite, sessile, oblong-lanceolate. Flowers in forked cymes forming terminal panicles, white.
Use: Plant is bitter, acrid, astringent, thermogenic, laxative, alterative, vulnery, emollient, alexiteric, anthelmintic, appetizer, intellect promoting, aphrodisiac, depurative, rejuvenating and nerve tonic; fresh juice of plant is prescribed in insanity, epilepsy and nervous debility; also useful in leucoderma, leprosy, skin diseases; tuberculosis, ulcers and general debility.
Reference: AVS (Vol I) 1994; DPR 10, 2001; A Compendium of Medicinal Plants in Nepal by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi 2006