Akarkara: a versatile medicinal plant – a review
Ayurveda, the science of living beings is the ancient system of medicine of India. Since Indian philosophy is reflected in Ayurveda, the principles of Ayurveda are very pervasive. The actual purpose of Ayurveda is to live the life with physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. In Ayurveda numerous plants are described for fulfilling its purpose. One of those plants is Akarkara (Anacyclus pyrethrum L.). Basically, Akarkara is described in Unani system of medicine as an amazing drug used in various ailments. Later on, due to its multidimensional uses, it also has been included in the Ayurvedic text written in & after the medieval era. Shodhal Nighantu has described firstly Akarkara as one of the potent aphrodisiac drug. Here, an attempt is made to review its scattered multi-dimensional health benefits quoted in Ayurvedic and Unani treatises and validated through scientific researches in laboratories.
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