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Polycarpaea Corymbosa

Polycarpaea Corymbosa   

A plant seen on rocky tops of Nagalassery Hills. It can be used as a source of Parpataka. In Siddha, it is considered as Parpataka. It is having Kshaya rasa predominance.

Botanical name: Polycarpaea corymbosa    

Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)

Synonyms: Kattu-mailochana, Akkaram kolli, Acharam kolli, Akkara poode, Paarappovu etc.

  • Oldman’s Cap is a weed of sandy soils in open woodland and grassland, and of cultivated ground. 
  • It is an erect annual herb, usually unbranched. 
  • Leaves are opposite or appear in whorls, linear up to 3.5 cm long with a bristle at the tip. 
  • Flowers are borne in compact heads at the end of stems. Sepals are silvery white, turning rich brown with age. Petals are small, pink to orange. 
  • Fruit is a minute ellipsoid capsule. 
  • Flowering: August-September.

Therapeutic uses

  • Crushed and mixed with coconut milk for snake venom
  • Kashaya is good for diseases occur due to fear or tension etc.
  • In our institution, we made a kera ksheera ghritam with its kalkam and coconut milk. The oil obtained found effective in non-healing ulcers. Its kalka, obtained after cooking is found to be effective in gastritis also.

  • It was added in certain taila yogas and found to be very effective in oozing types of skin diseases. 


Prof. Dr. Ajayan Sadanandan
 MD(Ayu), PhD

Head – Ayurveda Ethno Medico Botanical Team 

Ashtamgam Ayurveda Chikitsalayam & Vidyapeedham 

Dr. Vipin S MD (Ay)
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Dravyagunavijnanam


Dr. Sreelakshmi U MD (Ay)
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Rasashastra & Bhaishajyakalpana