Akarkara, Pellitory (Anacyclus Pyrethrum)

The botanical name of Akarkara is Anacyclus Pyrethrum, and it is a member of the Asteraceae family of plants. It is a plant with numerous medical uses. It is utilized by other complementary medical practices including Unani and Homeopathy in addition to Ayurveda.

The herb is renowned for its aphrodisiac properties, which aid in the body's detoxification of extra fluids and waste products.

The root, which is used medicinally in the form of dried powder, is the most advantageous and valuable component of the plant.

Common Synonyms

  • English name - Pellitory, Mount Atlas Daisy, etc.
  • Telugu name - Akarakaram
  • Tamil name - Akkirakaram
  • Hindi name - Akarkara
  • Sanskrit name - Akarkara
  • Gujarati name - Akkorakaro
  • Bengali name - Aakarkara
  • Marathi name - Akkalakara

Occurrence And Chemical Constituents

The Indian subcontinent is home to this perennial plant. Spain and the Arab world are two more of its expanding markets.

Pyrethrin, Inulin, Alkyl Amides, Anacyclin, Sesamine, and Hydrocarolin are among the chemicals produced by this plant. Its aphrodisiac and neuroprotective effects are brought on by the alkyl amides.

Ayurvedic Properties


Hindi / Sanskrit


Rasa (Taste)



Guna (Quality)

Teekshna, Ruksha

Sharp, Dry

Virya (Potency)



Vipaka (Post-Digestive Taste)



Special Activity

Anacyclus Pyrethrum is said to be a very potent natural immune system stimulant that calms the Kapha and Vata doshas.

It has a special quality that helps children who are still developing with their speech issues. Another herb that can be utilized in conjunction with Akarkara (Anacyclus pyrethrum) is Vacha (Acorus Calamus).

Common Properties 

  • The effects of anacyclus pyrethrum on the male reproductive system are excellent. It is particularly beneficial to the body in that it enhances the male gonads' hormonal balance and stimulates their discharges.
  • The herb may increase men's testosterone levels. Overall, it helps people with their fertility issues, sperm count, and libido.
  • The energy responsible for the body's healthy nerve functioning, vata dosha, is balanced by anacyclus pyrethrum, which is also a very effective nervine tonic.
  • Overall, this can be seen as a very helpful alternative for men who are having libido problems because it can help with erectile dysfunction and sexual satisfaction over time without creating any of the negative effects that are so typical of current medications.
  • It is frequently mixed with other herbs to enhance its impact. The two herbs that can be utilized with Akarkara are Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Kaunch beej (Mucuna pruriens).
  • Infections of the throat, such as pharyngitis, and oral disorders can also be helped by Akarkara. In the event of pharyngitis, or tooth and gum issues, it can be boiled and used as a gargle to offer immediate and natural treatment. Because of its vata-vitiating qualities, Akarkara can also be utilized to treat infectious gum diseases including pyorrhea and toothaches.
  • This herb's kapha-vitiating characteristics can be utilized to treat upper respiratory issues like the common cold as well as nasal congestion.
  • Akarkara is crucial in the prevention and management of epilepsy and seizures. For this reason, it can be used with other herbs like Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), etc.


  • If a person has any type of intestinal inflammation, acidity, or stomach ulceration, they should exercise caution.
  • It is not safe to consume while nursing or pregnant.
  • Under the direction of an Ayurvedic physician, higher doses and long-term use should be carefully monitored.


The dosage is variable from 125 mg to as high as 1 g.

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