Scientific name: Spilanthes acmella (L.) L.

Family: Asteraceae

Synonym: Spilanthes calva DC.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Marhatitiga, Surja kannya.

Tribal name: Ozonshak, Jedudal (Chakma); Hangfui, Humdioai, Chang hang foik (Marma); Kun duing (Murang); Jaba achin sak (Tanchangya); Fohphee khayn, Keng-dikkai-fing (Chak); Athangdi (Khumi); Ankasa (Pangkhoa); Mraa-shey (Rakhaing).

Description of the plant: An annual herb, stem usually glabrous, sometimes sparsely pubescent. Leaves ovate, petiolate, obtuse or acute at the apex, abruptly or gradually attenuate at the base, margin entire, serrate or subcrenate, usually glabrous on both surfaces, rarely sparsely pubescent. Flowers yellow, ovoid, solitary capitulum.

Spilanthes acmella

Plant parts used: Leaf and stem.

Medicinal uses: Paste prepared from leaves and stems of the plant is applied on the affected part of the body twice a day for two days to treat allergy.

Extract made from leaves and stems of the plant is used to wash the sore twice a day until the foot mud sore is cured.

In the treatment of toothache, extract made from leaves and stems of the plant is used for gargling.

Distribution: Throughout the country in moist lands.

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