Kuppaimeni (in Tamil) or Acalypha Indica (scientific name) is a weed like plant that is easily available by the road sides. While the leaves are edible and can be cooked and consumed like any other spinach or green variety, it has a huge number of medicinal benefits too. This plant grows well in places with a tropical climate and needs very little maintenance.
Names in other languages:
- Scientific name – Acalypha indica
- English – Indian nettle or Indian Copperleaf
- Hindi – kuppi
- Sanskrit – harita manjari
- Malayalam – kuppameni
- Bengali – mukta jhuri
- Tamil – kuppaimeni
- Kannada – kuppugida
- Telugu – harita manjari
Here are the health and skin benefits of Kuppaimeni leaves:
Applying the extract of kuppaimeni leaves on the skin can help to remove unwanted hair.
A paste made with kuppaimeni leaves can be applied on the face to cure acne or pimples. This can also reduce dark spots and blemishes. Kuppaimeni leaves can hence work as a great face pack.
To cure headaches, kuppaimeni juice can be applied on the forehead and left for some time. You can also apply it on the temples.
The leaves of kuppaimeni can be mixed with turmeric and can be applied on insect bites and stings to cure them quickly. Kuppaimeni due to its healing properties can also be used to heal wounds and bruises.
The juice of kuppaimeni leaves can be consumed to flush out tape worms and other worms from the intestine. This remedy is not for kids or toddlers and is for adults only.
Kuppai keerai is an all rounder medicine for various skin problems. Ring worm and itching in underarms due to fungal skin infections can cured with the paste of kuppai leaves. A paste of organic turmeric can also be mixed for good results.
Various siddha texts show kuppai keerai’s uses in treating various digestion related issues like heart burns, indigestion,, constipation and piles. The root of kuppaimeni leaves are also used in multiple siddha medicine preparations.
This paves the way for reconsidering traditional medicine; hence a study was carried out to explore the antimicrobial activities of the acetone and ethanol extract of Acalypha indica and Ocimum basilicum againstEscherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus sp.
Ramya Durga, K., Karthikumar, S. & Jegatheesan, K., 2009. Isolation of potential antibacterial and antioxidant compounds from Acalypha indica and Ocimum basilicum. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research.
The plant (Kuppaimeni) has wide uses in the traditional medicines of various countries and reportedly possesses diuretic, purgative and anthelmintic properties, besides being also used for bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, scabies and other cutaneous diseases.
Kirtikar KR and Basu BD (1999). In: Indian Medicinal Plant, vol. III, International Book Distributors, Dehradun, India, pp.2262-2263.
This plant is used as diuretic, antihelmintic and for respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia.
V.P.S. Varier . Indian medicinal plant: a compendium of 500 species orient Longman.1996:134.
This remedy focuses on using kuppaimeni to cure respiratory disorders such as pneumonia. Here is the detailed recipe.
- 20-30 leaves Kuppaimeni leaves Acalypha indica
- 150 ml Filtered water
- Use fresh kuppaimeni leaves and water to make this juice. You can also use salt to the juice.
- Take leaves on a grinding stone.
- Add a few teaspoons of water to the leaves.
- Grind well into a smooth paste.
- Crush the extract well to get a juice.
- Add water to dilute the juice. Kuppaimeni juice is very bitter and it would be difficult to consume it as such. Add half a teaspoon of salt.
- The juice is done.