Akarakarabha is commonly known as Pellitory. The plant have numerous medicinal properties and is used in alleviating many diseases. The herb looks attractive and is used to treat many diseases, hence the name given. The best Ayurveda Doctor Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Akarakarabha in conditions involving the vitiation of Kapha and Vata doshas as it alleviates these doshas. The herb is used to treat conditions like Epilepsy , Oedema, Indigestion etc. Akarakarabha is also used as an Antidiabetic, Antidepressant, Antibacterial agent etc as it contains Phytoconstituents like pyrethrin, pellitorine, anacycline etc.

General aspects and Geography

Botanical name : Anacyclus pyrethrum              

Family :  Asteraceae 

Habitat: Found through out India

Parts used

  • Root

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Not mentioned 

Susruta Samhita – Not mentioned 

Pharmacological action

  • Immuno stimulant 
  • Antibacterial 
  • Antidepressant


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Agnivardaka (Carminative)
  • Sothahara (Antiinflammatory)
  • Balya (Strength promoting )

Therapeutic indications

  • Toothache (Danta sula)- Daily brushing of tooth using powder of Akarakarabha alleviates Toothache.
  • Epilepsy (Apasmara )- Decoction of Akarakarabha is taken daily to cure Epilepsy.


Powder (Churna) – 1 g

Decoction – 30 ml

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 


  • Akarakarabha vati
  • Akarakarabha curna

Morphology :

An erect annual with hairy stems. Leaves are ovate. Inflorescence is head. Fruits are achene. Flowers are yellow.

Vernacular names of Akarakarabha 

English – Pellitory 

Hindi- Akaraka

Malayalam – Akkikkaruka

Sanskrit - Akarakarabha 


  • Akallaka
  • Arakarabha




Rasa- Tikta (Bitter)

Guna-  Ruksa (Dry)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid ) 

Virya- Ushna (hot )


जिव्हासंवेदन:शुक्रस्तम्भनो वातशोथहृत् ||

(Priyala Nighantu -Satapushpadi varga-shloka 52)

   Akarakarabha alleviate Vata Kapha doshas because of its properties like hot potency and Acrid taste. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, uses the herb Akarakarabha to treat numerous diseases including Epilepsy and Toothache and also conducts researches on the herb to prepare new combinations of medicines to cure diseases effectively. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. What are the uses of Akarakarabha churna?

According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Akarakarabha churna can be used to treat Toothache by using it as tooth powder for brushing.

  1. What is the Dosage of Akarakarabha decoction?

         Akarakarabha kashaya can be taken at a dose of 30 ml internally.


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