Changeri / Oxalis corniculata

Oxalis corniculata, sometimes known as the changeri plant, is a herbaceous perennial with long, thin roots. Changeri is a creeping weed that grows slowly and is frequently seen in gardens, waste areas, hedges, and along roadsides. On the ground, branches of the Changeri plant begin to take root and grow into new plants. With upright and creeping branches, this plant can reach a height of 30 cm. Its narrow, 40 cm-long stem is also creeping. This Oxalis corniculata plant has branching, fibrous roots that are covered with tiny hairs. It has a long petiole and three leaflets in the shape of hearts. The size of a leaf is 4–12 mm long and 10–20 mm wide. The plant produces clusters of yellow flowers with 1-6 petals that are 10–20 mm long. Fruits are cylindrical capsules that are 1-2 cm long. Dark crimson, tough, egg-shaped, and flattened seeds. From July through December, this plant is in bloom.

General Information

Common names for oxalis corniculata include Indian penny wood, creeping wood sorrel, creeping oxalis, sleeping beauty, and procumbent yellow sorrel. It is a highly powerful herb used in the Ayurveda medical system to treat liver and stomach issues. These leaves are edible and have a tart flavor reminiscent of lemons. The highest source of vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium, and oxalic acid is this herb. Flowers have a tart flavor and are high in potassium oxalate and oxalic acid. This plant has extremely bitter and astringent leaves. It has flowers that can self-pollinate and grow quickly on open grasslands. This plant is utilized as a weed in glasshouses in Canada.

This plant yields dyes ranging from red to brown, yellow, and orange. This plant can be consumed and is used in salads. This plant has anti-scorbutic properties and is used to treat scurvy. The medicinal properties of this plant include anti-inflammatory, anthelminthic, diuretic, febrifuge, relaxing, stomachic, astringent, analgesic, and styptic properties.

Oxalic acid and vitamin C are two of the herb's main chemical components. Additionally, this herb has a lot of water, fat, proteins, calcium, iron, phosphorus, niacin, and beta-carotene. This herb also contains phenol, tannins, fatty acids, volatile oils, flavonoids, phytosterols, and phytosterols. Flavonoids, isovitexine, and vitexine are abundant in leaves. It includes a variety of important fatty acids, including linoleic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids. Citric, malic, and tartaric acids are prevalent in the stem.


Native to Hawaii and southern Europe, oxalis is mostly. It can be found throughout America's tropical regions. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Japan are all Asian countries that have it. It can be found primarily in open gardens, grasslands, riverbanks, mountains, wastelands, and by the sides of roads in India.


Kingdom - Plantae

Order - Oxalidales

Family - Oxalidaceae

Other Names of Changeri

English name - Yellow wood sorrel, creeping lady's sorrel, Procumbent yellow sorrel, Creeping wood sorrel, Creeping oxalis.

Hindi name - Amrul, Changeri

Bengali name - Amrul

Gujarati name - Ambolee, Changeri

Kannada name - Pullamouradi, Sivargee

Malayalam name - Pulliparel

Marathi name - Ambutee, Ambatee

Tamil name - Paliakiri

Telugu name - Pulichinta

Urdu name - Teen patiya, Changeri

Arabic name - Hhamdid

French name - Alleluia, Oxalis cornicluee

German name - Gelber saurerklee, Gehornter sauerklee

Italian name - Ossalide corniculata

Nepalese name - Caremalaa

Portuguese name- Azedinha, Erva-azedo

Spanish name - Acederilla, Vinagrera

Turkish name - Eksi yonca

Brazil name - Trevo-azedo

Chinese name - Cu-jiang-cao

Fiji name - Matakonikoni

Philippines name - Salamagi, Kanapa

Swedish name - surklöver

Ayurvedic Properties


Hindi / Sanskrit


Rasa (Taste)

Amla, Kashaya

Sour, Astringent

Guna (Physical Property)

Laghu, Ruksha 

Light, Dry

Virya (Potency)



Vipaka (Post-Digestive Taste)



Effects on Doshas

It balances Vata and Kapha doshas.

Charak Samhita

Sushrut Samhita and Vagbhata

Shaak Varga

Shaak Varga

Practical uses

  • The finest herb for treating scurvy is oxalis because it is so high in vitamin C.
  • This plant is excellent for treating the flu.
  • As an antidote for poisoning brought on by datura, mercury, arsenic, and snake bites, external leaf paste is employed.
  • For the treatment of burns, bug bites, and different skin eruptions, leaf juice or extract is employed. Additionally, it helps with warts, corns, boils, inflammation, and other skin conditions. Warts are removed by combining leaf juice with onion extract.
  • This herb's decoction is used to make gargles.
  • To treat corneal opacity and eye discomfort, leaves are infused.
  • This herb's antihelminthic properties allow it to be used to treat enteritis and remove hookworms from newborns.
  • This herb's leaf juice is used to treat jaundice and is highly effective in treating the diabetes symptom poly-hydra.
  • This herb's leaves are infused and used to cure both high and low fevers.
  • To treat headaches, leaf paste is externally applied to the forehead. Leaf debris is used to lessen inflammation.
  • Insomnia can be treated with a local massage using a mixture of leaf extract and oil.
  • This herb's aqueous extract has a cardio-protective effect and is excellent for overall health.
  • It is employed to calm down the vata and kapha doshas.

Part used

Leaves, Flowers


Decoction - 15-30ml


Oxalic acid, which is found in leaves, gives them a strong flavor and aids in binding up the right amount of calcium. Consequently, those who have gout, rheumatism, or hyperacidity should limit their intake of this herb.

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