Sphaeranthus indicus

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Sphaeranthus indicus
Sphaeranthus indicus habit.jpg
Sphaeranthus indicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Sphaeranthus
Species: S. indicus
Binomial name
Sphaeranthus indicus

Sphaeranthus indicus or East Indian globe thistle is a flowering plant of the genus Sphaeranthus. It is distributed from Northern Australia throughout Indomalaya. The plant has been studied for its potential health-promoting properties, primarily as an anti-inflammatory.[1]

Sphaeranthus indicus Linn. (Asteraceae) is widely used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine in various conditions like epilepsy, mental illness, hemicrania, jaundice, hepatopathy, diabetes, leprosy, fever, pectoralgia, cough, gastropathy, hernia, hemorrhoids, helminthiasis, dyspepsia and skin diseases.[citation needed] In different parts of Its range Sphaeranthus indicus is known by different common names.


  1. ^ Jain, A; Basal, E (Jan 2003). "Inhibition of Propionibacterium acnes-induced mediators of inflammation by Indian herbs". Phytomedicine. 10 (1): 34–8. doi:10.1078/094471103321648638. PMID 12622461.