Pellitory, Akarakara, Akarkara, Aquarqarha,
Akkirakaram, Akkalkara, Akkarakaram, Pellitory of Spain, Pyrethre,
Pyrethrum, Roman Pellitory, Spanish Camomile
This herb contains an essential volatile
oil and an alkaloid, pellitorin or pyrethrin. It has alkamides, lignane
(including sesamine), inulin (fructosan) and tannins. Alkamides includes
deca-2,4-dien acid-isobutylamide, anacycline, and dehydroanacycline.
It is believed that application of this herb to the skin stimulates
the nerve ends that may result in redness, and irritation accompanied
by a hot, burning sensation.
Root of this herb is a valuable sialogogue. It is often used as
a tonic to the nervous system. It is powerfully irritant. It is
also used for rheumatic conditions, and to aid in digestion. Also
useful for toothaches (use as a gargle). It is also used as an insecticide.
Other applications include treatment for epilepsy, paralysis, hemiplegia,
and for sore throat and tonsils. Some herbalists suggest that this
herb may be useful for diabetes.
This herb is found in North Africa, in
the Mediterranean, Himalayas, North India and Arabian countries.
Preparation: powder, pills, paste, tonic.
1. Powder: Blow Pellitory combination herbal powder into the nose
2. Pill: 1 to 5 grs. of Pellitory Combination Pill is given to
children for irritability of temper, wakefulness, painful dentition,
diarrhea, colic and vomiting.
3. Churna: Take 6 grains of Akara Karabhadi Churna for impotence
and chronic bowel complaints.
4. Boil 35 grs. in water. It is given as drink in diabetes.
No health hazards or side effects are reported if this herb is
used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.
Overdoses may result in irritation, due to the mucus-membrane-stimulating
characteristics of the alkamides found in this herb.