## Scientific name - Anacyclus pyrethrum
Akarkra, also known as Pellitory, Spanish chamomile, Bertam, and Mount Atlas Daisy, is a plant with the scientific name Anacyclus pyrethrum. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, which is the same family to which the Daisy plant belongs.
Akarkra is a highly populated herb in Ayurvedic medicine, although there is no classical text available specifically for it. The Government of India has mentioned it in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopia of India. Originally native to North Africa and Mediterranean Europe, it was used as traditional medicine and gained popularity in many countries. In Unani medicine, it is known as Irani Akarkra.
Akarkra is grown in various places in India. However, the imported quantity is considered to be of better quality and is more expensive. As a result, some unscrupulous sellers may offer duplicate material. It is important to be aware of this when purchasing Akarkra.
Commercially, two varieties of Akarkra are available: Akarkra Irani/Asli and Akarkra (Plain). The cost of the former is three to four times higher than the latter. Akarkra Irani/Asli is imported from its native place and contains the full medicinal content. On the other hand, Akarkra (Plain) is not imported and has lower medicinal content due to differences in soil and environment. For the layman, the two genuine varieties to consider are Irani Akarkra and Akarkra.
## Parts used
Although the whole plant can be used, the roots are primarily dried and used. The flowers, which are only available fresh and not commercially, are used for dental issues.
The dried roots of Akarkra are available as approximately 3-inch thin sticks. They are brownish on the outside and white on the inside. The powder of Akarkra has a pungent taste and can cause numbness on the tongue for a few seconds.
## Medicinal properties
Akarkra contains various phytochemicals, such as flavonoids and phenols, which are responsible for its medicinal properties. Numerous studies have found that it possesses antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsive, analgesic, aphrodisiac, antioxidant, and immunomodulatory properties.
## Ayurveda explanation for properties
Although there is no specific classical text that mentions Akarkra, Vaidyas consider it to be Ruksh, Ushan, Balya, and Vrishya, which means it is considered to have drying, heating, strengthening, and aphrodisiac properties in Ayurveda.
1. *Treatment of general weakness and health deterioration*: Akarkra is commonly used to treat general weakness and health decline caused by long-lasting illnesses.
2. *Aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer*: Akarkra has been used for centuries to increase testosterone levels and enhance aphrodisiac effects and fertility.
3. *Brain health and memory enhancer*: Akarkra is also known for its positive effects on brain health and memory enhancement. It is used in the treatment of depression, chronic headaches, and epilepsy.
4. *Muscle relaxant and pain reliever*: Due to its properties, Akarkra acts as a muscle relaxant and is used to relieve chronic pain, body aches, and general fatigue.
5. *Control of diabetes and heart issues*: Many Unani medicine practitioners use Akarkra to control diabetes and heart issues.
6. *Dental health*: Akarkra is popular for dental issues, such as dental pain, bad breath, and gum issues.
7. *Treatment of hiccups*: Akarkra is also used in the treatment of hiccups.
The commonly recommended dose for Akarkra powder ranges from 250 mg to 1 gm. However, our panel doctor recommends a dose of 250 mg to 500 mg.
## Adverse effects
No adverse effects have been observed even with double the recommended dose of Akarkra. However, it is always advisable to consult an Ayurveda physician before consuming it.
## Why prefer Yuvika for Akarkra?
At Yuvika, we have decades of experience in importing Akarkra from its native places. Our long-term relationship with cultivators ensures superior quality. Additionally, we have installed special machines to overcome the issue of dust on the roots of Akarkra, ensuring that you receive the purest possible material. Unlike many of our competitors, we prioritize quality and purity.
In conclusion, Akarkra, also known as Pellitory or Spanish chamomile, is a highly valued herb in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine. It has various medicinal properties, including antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, and antioxidant effects. Akarkra is used for the treatment of general weakness, aphrodisiac action, brain health, muscle relaxation, dental issues, and more. However, it is important to choose the right variety and consult with an Ayurveda physician before consuming it. At Yuvika, we ensure the highest quality Akarkra, imported directly from its native places, to provide you with the best possible benefits.
Remember, when it comes to Akarkra, Yuvika is the preferred choice!
Note: The information provided in this blog post is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any new treatment or medicatio