Achyranthes bidentata

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Achyranthes bidentata
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Achyranthes
A. bidentata
Binomial name
Achyranthes bidentata

Achyranthes bidentata Blume (English common name: ox knee, Chinese: 牛膝 niu xi[1]) is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. It occurs in India, Nepal, China, and Japan. It is the source of the Chinese herbal medicine huái niú xī. In Nepal its root juice is used for toothache.[citation needed] 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". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2008-02-11.
  2. ^ "Achyranthes bidentata - Blume. : Niu Xi". Plants For A Future.
  3. ^ Sharma, Hemanta Kumar; Chhangte, Lalrampari; Dolui, Ashoke Kumar (2001). "Traditional medicinal plants in Mizoram, India". Fitoterapia. 72 (2): 146. doi:10.1016/S0367-326X(00)00278-1. PMID 11223224.

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