A. polygamus Linn. Hook. f. in part.
A. tristis Linn.
     Family Amaranthaceae.
Habitat Cultivated throughout India.
English Chinese Spinach, Garden Amaranth, Fountain Plant.
Ayurvedic Maarisha-rakta (red var.).
Siddha/Tamil Arai-keerai, Sirukeerai, Thandu-keerai, Mulakkerai (Tamil).

Folk Laal Shaak, Laal Marashaa.
Action Astringent (in menorrhagia, leucorrhoea, dysentery, diarrhoea, haemorrhagic colitis); also used in cough, bronchitis and consumption; externally emollient.
The plant contains amarantin, isoamarantin, betaine, amino acids, sterols.
Dosage Leaf, seed, root—l0—20 ml juice. (API Vol. III.) Powder—2— 4 g. (CCRAS.)
Amberboa divaricata Kuntze
Volutarella divaricata Benth. and Hook. F.
     Family Compositae; Asteraceae. Habitat Distributed in the Mediterranean region, extending to Central Asia and India.
Ayurvedic Brahmadandi
(Tncholepis glaberrima DC. of the same      Family is also equated with Brahmadandi.)
Unani Baadaavard.
Action Deobstruent, aperient, febrifuge, nervine (used in debility), antiseptic (used in leucoderma).

Ammannia baccif era Linn.

     Family Lythraceae.

Habitat Marshy areas throughout India, as a weed.
English Blistering Ammannia.

Ayurvedic Agnipatri.

Ammi visnaga (Linn.) Lam 43

Folk Daadmaari. (Also known as Paashaanabheda.)
Action Stomachic, laxative,
antirheumatic, febrifuge. Leaves— used externally for ringworm, herpic eruptions and other skin diseases; rubefacient.
Leaves contain lawsone. Plant extract—antibacterial. Extracts of stem, leaf and

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