Kokilakasha or Asteracantha Longifolia is an herb which is thorny. It grows to 2-4 feet height. Its flowers are purple in colour and have orange streaks. The seeds of kokilaksha are red in colour. This plant usually grows in marshy areas where water is available like ponds, paddy fields etc.
- Texts of Ayurveda recommend this in treatment of gout.
- This herb stimulates liver and detoxifies it. Hence Ayurveda acharyas recommend its use in liver diseases like jaundice, liver enlargement and indigestion.
- Root of this herb normalises bowel movement and relieves bloating which happens due to constipation.
- It strengthens the nervous system and reduces weakness.