Astercantha Longifolia is a medicinal herb which has lots of medicinal and curative properties. It is a herb that grows up to one or one and a half meters in height. Leaves of this plant are simile, shiny, ovate, lanceolate and opposite. 

Flowers of this plant are purple in color and has orange streaks. Seeds are red in color. Thorns arise near to leaf axils. Fruits are ovate, they become glabrous and glossy when mature. 

This plant usually grows in marshy fields such as ponds, river beds, paddy fields, etc. This herb can be found commonly in the sub-tropical and tropical regions of India, especially everywhere in Tamil Nadu and in various other parts of the world like Nepal, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Philippines. 

Vernacular names of the Astercantha Longifolia  are Neermulli in Tamil & Kannada, Jhinti in Hindi, Nirchulliin in Malayalam and Nirugobbi in Telugu.

Seeds of this plants are rich in Vitamin E, iron, proteins, etc. This plant contains terpenoids, alkaloids, flavonoids and is an aphrodisiac, which induces sexual desire. 

It is acts as renal tonic, diuretic, blood purifier, liver stimulant, detoxifier, kidney stone breaker and it helps to treat anemia, gingivitis, stomatitis, dental caries, urinary and kidney stones, edema, nocturnal ejaculation, dry skin, body heat, wounds, constipation, weakness of nervous system, headache, nourishes cells in the body, impotency, menstrual problems, etc.

Root of this herb normalizes bowel movement and relieves bloating which happens due to constipation.
strengthens the nervous system and reduces weakness.

How to use of this herb for treating wounds? Apply paste of this leaves to the wounds. It will cure the wound fully and quickly.

How to use of this herb to treat Anemia?
Make decoction out of the seeds and consume for 2 months. This will increase the number of Red Blood cells and removes Anemia.

  • Take 1 gram of this seed powder with one glass of boiled milk. Have this mixture daily for one week. This will cure white discharge, cough, diarrhoea, menstrual problems, sinusitis and diabetes.  
  • Grind the seeds of neermulli, moringa seed and onion seeds and add milk to this. Consume this for one month. This mixture will increase sperm density, vitality and removes impotency, kidney stone, scabies, skin diseases, burning sensation in urinary tract, headache, fever, constipation.
  • Add 2 to 3 grams of seed powder with one glass of butter milk and consume this for one week daily morning and evening. 
  • Seed powder with honey will help reduce sugar levels and gives strength.
  • Decoction of this herb's leaves will cure gastric ulcer. 
Astercantha Longifolia


Chitharaththai (சித்தரத்தை) is a traditional medicine used as an home remedy for cough, cold, sore throat, chest congestion and arthritis. This is used in Naturopathy, Siddha, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, folk medicine, etc. Alpinina galanga belongs to zingiberaceae family. It is called as 'kulanjan' in Hindi, 'chitharatha' in Malayalam, 'chitharathai' in Tamil and 'dumparaashtrakamu' in Telugu.

It is native to India. It has a narrow foliage and stems with dull dark green leaves, white and red fragrant flowers. This rhizome (underground stem) grows narrowly oblong and much branched in the soil. 

This is rich in iron, sodium, vitamin A and vitamin C, flavonoids, phytonutrients, emodin, beta sitosterol, galangin and quercetin.

Chitharathai has anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic,anti-ulcer, anti-diarrhea, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-microbial properties. Its anti-inflammatory property makes it very effective in treating arthritis. This rhizome (dried) and its powder will be available in herbal stores.

Tips to use
  • Add 2 to 3 gms of Chitharathai powder with honey or milk and drink this mixture for 3 days to relieve from cough and common cold.  
  • Make decoction with Chitharathai and add some honey to it. To make this decoction, boil and strain 5 gms of Chitharathai powder in 1 glass of water.
  • Chew a small piece of Chitharathai to relieve from cough.
  • Make paste out of Chitharathai powder and apply it on the knee to reduce knee inflammation and relieve from knee pain.




Chia seeds
A tiny black Chia seeds are from the plant Salvia Hispanica.Nutrients dense and highly energy giving Chia seeds are mainly grown in Mexico.Chia means strength in Mayan language.Salvia hispanica is the botanical name of this seeds.It is having lots of medicinal properties and easily digestible.It is known  as runners food . Runners are using as a fuel  while running a long distance.Chia Seeds are good absorbent ,when we soak in water the size of the seeds are expanding up to ten times of their original size and form a gel like a substance.It is having ability to slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.

Nutrients in Chia seeds 

Chia seeds contains essential omega 3 atty acids like alpha -linolenic acid,alpha linoleic acid ,mucin,strontium,rich in high powerful antioxidants ,vitamins like vitamin A,D,B,complex like Thiamine(B1), niacin (B 6) and vitamin E,rich in minerals like calcium,potassium,maganese,magnesium,iodine,sulphurur,iron ,copper,zinc,protein and dietary fiber.

Regular intake of Chia seeds will helps to
  • Cure premature skin, aging due to inflammation and free radical damage because of its high antioxidant property.
  • Balances the blood sugar levels ,reduces insulin sensitivity,regulate the insulin secretion.
  • Regulates bowel movements and prevents piles.
  • Promotes good digestion,suppresses the appetite,which can leads to weight loss because it is rich soluble dietary fiber.
  • Reverse inflammation and reduce cholesterol.
  • Reduces the high blood pressure,prevent Atherosclerosis and improves the heart function.
  • Lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes and good for diabetes.
  • Boost your metabolism and burn belly fat.
  • Good for bones and healthy muscles because it is having high amount of  calcium, magnesium,phosphorus and protein these all nutrients are essential for bone healthy bones and muscles.
  • Fight breast and cervical cancer because of its antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids content.
  • Keeps away bad breath and germs from mouth because of its anti bacterial activity.Wonder food for teeth because it is rich in calcium,zinc,phosphorus and vitamin A.
  • Acts as a energy booster.
  • We can have it as a raw form,soaked form,sprouted ,grind the chia seeds to make coffee,pan cakes,muffins,breads and pasta.
    Chia seeds are available in the market . We can use this highly nutritious ,energy giving,easily digestible,fiber rich seeds for healthy living.