Herbs Guide


Family Name: Amaranthaceae

Botanical Name(s): Amaranthus hypochondriacus

Popular Name(s): Hsien, Lady Bleeding, Spleen Amaranth, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Red Cockscomb, Velvet Flower

Parts Used: Seeds and leaves

Habitat: Amaranth is found in the tropics, mostly in tropical America.

Description: Amaranth grows up to a height of 3.5 m and possesses elliptical to ovate-oblong and lanceolate leaves. The plant bears many flowers with acute bracts. The seeds generally vary in colour.

Uses: The seeds and leaves of Amaranth are used as an astringent substance. It is used to cure diarrhoea, bloody stools and excessive menstruation. It is used to treat acne, eczema and psoriasis.