Achyranthes aspera (Apamarga) is a plant belonging to the family of Amaranthaceae, widespread in the areas of Asia, Africa, Australia, and America. It is recognized as a weed, whereas in the northern part of India as a medicinal plant. It contains many biologically active compounds, among which the key role is played by saponins, oleanolic acid, ecdysterone, betaine and a unique component known under a working name achyranthine.
Achyranthes aspera occupies an important place in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used in gynecology (it supposedly accelerates childbirth and suppresses postnatal bleeding), or in the therapy of respiratory diseases (asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough, pneumonia). In addition, it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. Indigenous inhabitants of Kenya often give it to people with malaria.
Apamarga also has a strong diuretic effect. It supports the treatment of urological diseases, facilitates the dissolution of kidney stones. It is helpful in the case of urinary retention, it can be used in people with a tendency to excessive fluid retention in the body. It is also added to slimming supplements, especially diuretics, which are aimed at removing accumulated subcutaneous water.