Family Name: N.O. Compositae
Botanical Name(s): Anacyclus pyrethrum (D.C.)
Popular Name(s): Pellitory, Pyrethrum, Akarkara, Pellitory of
Spain, Roman Pellitory, Spanish Camomile
Parts Used: Root
Habitat: Akarakara is found in North Africa, in the
Mediterranean, Himalayas, north India and Arabian countries.
Description: Akarakara is a perennial plant bearing alternate
and pinnate leaves. The plant bears one large flower on the tip of a
yellow disk. The root is cylindrical, slightly twisted and bears a tuft
of grey hairs.
Uses: Akarakara root is used to relieve toothache. Its gargle is
used in partial paralysis of tongue and lips. It is used to cure chronic
catarrh of the head and nostrils.