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DESCRIPTION OF THE PLANT
Ayapan is an evergreen perennial plant that has its origin from South
America. It also grows in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and
India. It is a common ornamental plant with great medicinal value. But
apart from the fancy value that it holds, it has many medicinal benefits
Ayapan is the common Ayurvedic name of Eupatorium Triplinerve. It
belongs to Asteraceae family.
It is a tropical American shrub that is commonly known as water hemp.
The plant bears long and slender leaves which are used to make herbal
medicinal extracts. The stem is hairless and reddish in colour. The
leaves are purple, occur in corymbose inflorescence and are glabrous.
Ayapan is known as Vishalyakarni in English. It is used to control
bleeding from open wounds and blood clotting. The leaves and stem are
indicated in bloody diarrhoea, bleeding piles, stomach ulcer bleedings
or any other part of the body.
The leaves contain volatile oil, ayapan oil etc. The plant yields many
chemicals such as coumarin chemicals, cineol, alpha-phellandrene,
alpha-terneol, ayapanin, ayapin, borneol, coumarin, sabinene,
umbelliferone and many others.
Hemarin, an important bio – chemical extract of this plant is used to
make anti –tumor medications.
The leaves of Ayapan contain many essential oils, coumarins, ayapanins
and ayapin. Additionally, vitamin C and Carotene are also found in this
* *English Name* – aypana, aiapana, aiapaina, aipana, cagueña, curia,
daun panahan, daun perasman, diapalma iapana, diarana-guaco, japana,
japana-branca, sekrepatoe wiwir, pool root, white snakeroot, yapana,
* *Hindi Name* – Ayapan
* *Sanskrit Synonyms* – Ayapama, Ajapama, Vishalyakarni etc.
* *Bengali Name *– Ayapan
* *Malyalam Name* - Ayappana, Ayambana, Vishapach, Chuvanna kalyonni
Crude leaf extracts of this herb show potent anti – microbial activity.
Essential oils obtained from the leaves bear anti – tumor effects.
The leaves also show anti – helminthic and anti – oxidant properties.
From the Ayurvedic point of view, Ayapan is an herb that helps to
balance kapha and pitta doshas in the body. It helps control and stop
bleeding from open wounds and hastens wound healing and repair.
PRACTICAL USES OF AYAPANA
1. Ayapan has a general detoxifying effect on the body. It helps revive
liver function and cleanse all body organs. This way it helps to
rejuvenate the cells and tissues of the body, increasing the
longevity and vitality of the body.
2. Ayapan has antiseptic properties which help in healing wounds and
preventing formation of ulcerations.
3. When consumed orally it helps prevent bleeding in any part of the
body. It also helps heal ulceration anywhere inside the gut,
preventing bleeding. It can therefore be very helpful in diseases
like gastric and duodenal ulcers, Crohn’s disease, IBS,
haemorrhoids, anal fistula etc.
4. Ayapan is great for clearing out the bowels; it helps prevent
colitis and inflammation in the intestines due to its pitta shamak
properties. When the intestines are clear and healthy, skin
condition improves and abdominal problems like acidity, gastritis
and bloating can be easily relieved. Even in cases of large
abdominal distension such as ascites, it can be given to the patient.
5. Ayapan leaves have properties that can manage fever, cough and cold
6. Whole parts of the plant including the stem, leaves and roots can be
made into a decoction to relieve malarial fever.
7. For insect bites, wounds and bleeding both internal or external,
sterile paste of Ayapan leaves can be very handy.
8. Oral health problems like gingivitis and stomatitis can be relieved
with the use of fresh juice of the leaves of this plant.
9. Ayapan is a great option for managing menstrual irregularities in
females. This property of the herb is attributed to its pitta
pacifying effects on the body. The general cooling effect of the
herb helps regulate the hormonal imbalance and strengthens the
female reproductive system.
10. Laboratory studies conducted on the leaf extracts of this plant have
shown a considerable degree of anti – fungal and anti –microbial
A WORD OF CAUTION
Ayapan should be avoided by people taking blood thinner. The leaves
contain a highly aromatic chemical known as coumarin which has blood
thinning and anti – coagulant properties. People on blood thinner can
develop an increased risk of bleeding or stroke in such a case.
The herb has a highly laxative effect because of which many people may
develop diarrhoea or vomiting with its use.
All parts of the plant are used for therapeutic uses.
Decoction – 15 to 30 ml.
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