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Achyranthes aspera, known also as Apamarga in Sanskrit, is a species of plant found commonly in the tropics. It is one of the 21 leaves used in the Ganesha Patra pooja done regularly for the Hindu God Ganesha.

An annual or perennial herb, often with a woody base, is in use for ages as a folk medication in different systems of medicine in India. In Uttar Pradesh the plant is used for mainly for medicinal purposes, especially in obstetrics and gynecology.

Also, the juice of this plant is a potent ingredient for a mixture of wall plaster, according to a Sanskrit treatise on Śilpaśāstra, a Hindu science of art and construction.

In Western India the juice of the leaves is applied to relieve toothache; the root, in special doses, is given at bedtime for night blindness, and rubbed into a paste with water, it is used as an ointment for the eyes in opacities of the cornea and the seeds are used as a famine food in India.