Achyranthes bidentata

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Achyranthes bidentata
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Achyranthes bidentata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Achyranthes
Binomial name
Achyranthes bidentata

Achyranthes bidentata Blume (English common name: Ox Knee, Chinese: Niu Xi[1]) is a species of Achyranthes that grows in India, Nepal, China, and Japan. It is the source of Huái niú xī, a Chinese herbal medicine with anti-inflammatory activities. In Nepal its root juice is used for toothache. Its seeds have been used as a substitute for cereal grains in famine years.[2] The plant is used externally in the treatment of leech bites in Mizoram, India and a decoction as a diuretic.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Achyranthes bidentata information from NPGS/GRIN". Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Achyranthes bidentata - Blume. : Niu Xi". Plants For A Future. 
  3. ^ Sharma et al. (2000) Traditional medicinal plants in Mizoram. Fitoterapia 72. 2001. 146-161. /locate/fitote

According to the ancient Chinese texts, composedly known as the Bubishi, useful for stopping profuse bleeding.