An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.


Achyranthes - Achyranthes bidentata - family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family).

This is a perennial plant native to Asia that grows to about three feet high. It has large elliptic-to-oblong-shaped leaves. In the summer it produces spikes of small greenish-white flowers. The flowers are followed by small seeds. The young leaf shoots are edible. The seeds have been used as an emergency food source in India. Traditional Chinese Medicine use of roots as a remedy for back pain, canker sores, dizziness, gum inflammations, high blood pressure, menstrual pain, nosebleeds and toothaches. Note: do not use if pregnant or nursing. Native to Asia. Cultivated as an ornamental and as a medicinal herb in southeastern United States. Tender below 30° F.


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