8 Top Medicianl Uses of Aerva Lanta | Polpala (Cherula | Sirupeelai)

Aerva Lanata is a popular plant in Tamil Nadu that goes by the name Sirupeelai in Tamil. Aerva Lanata has wonderful medicinal uses and has been used both in ayurvedic and siddha medicine from ancient times. It is especially well known for treating all kidney problems and has been traditionally used for treating kidney stones. Along with treating kidney stones, it is also well known for treating headaches, painful urination and as a natural deworming medicine.

Aerva Lanata Common Names:

It is called Mountain Knotgrass in English, Polpala in Sinhalese, Cherula | Cheroola in Malayalam, Gorakhbuti in Hindi, Bilesuli in Kannada, Chaya in Bengali, Pindi Kura in Telugu, Kapuri Madhura in Marathi and Bhui in Rajasthan.

Aerva Lanata Plant:

The plant is commonly found in Asia, Africa and Australia. Here in Tamil Nadu, during Pongal festival we adorn the house with this plant, it is a traditional custom that is still followed today. The plant produces small white flowers and is very very commonly found all over India.

Aerva Lanta Chemical Constituents:

It has a diverse range of constituents like alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, terpenoids and saponins.

Aerva Lanata Medicinal Uses:

1. Antioxidant Properties:

Aerva lanata possess wonderful antioxidant properties. Though here in our place we don’t use it in
cooking, some cultures do use the leaves of the plant in cooking like any other greens. Consuming this plant is one of the best ways to enjoy it’s antioxidant potential.

2. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels:

Aerva Lanata lowers blood sugar levels and internal consumption will have a positive impact on diabetic patients. You can read the study that supports this claim here.

3. Treats Asthma:

Aerva lanata extract has been proven to be effective for treating asthma. It is common practice to give water decoction of the
plant to treat asthma traditionally.

4. Treats Diarrhea:

The water decoction of the plant treats diarrhea, many cultures use the water decoction for treating diarrhea till today.

5. Anti Urolithiatic Activity:

Aerva lanata is very very well known for treating kidney stones. Here in our place the water decoction of the plant is given for dissolving kidney stones. It also has a protective effect on the kidneys and is great for patients suffering from kidney problems but kidney patients should take it under medical supervision. You can read the study that supports this claim here.

6. For Getting Rid Of Intestinal Worms:

Aerva Lanata has wonderful anthelmintic properties and has been used for treating intestinal worms traditionally. You can use either the powder or the water extract of the fresh plant.

7. Anti Cancer Properties:

The plant also anti cancer properties and you can read the study that supports this claim here.

8.Anti Ulcer Properties:

The stem extract of the plant has anti ulcer properties, people suffering from ulcers will benefit consuming sirupeelai kudineer (water decoction of the plant in Tamil).

Aerva Lanata Side Effects:

This plant has anti fertility properties and people who are on diabetic medication should be careful while consuming it as taking both diabetic medication and polpala might lower blood sugar levels drastically. In Sri Lanka, polpala tea is famous for cleansing the kidneys and is consumed regularly…..

3 Top Ways To Use Aerva Lanata At Home:

1. For Treating Intestinal Worms:

Take a cup of water and add around a handful of the leaves. Now boil till it reduces in half and have around 50 ml for 3 days in empty stomach.

2. For Treating Kidney Stones:

For dissolving kidney stones, 1/4 tsp of the powder can be mixed with hot water and had once a day till the kidney stones dissolve.

3. For Treating Diarrhea: 

For treating diarrhea, boil the whole plant (flowers, root and stem) in a cup of water, strain and take around 4o to 50 ml. The whole plant decoction is a kidney cleanser and can be had as a tea for cleansing the kidneys. It can be also used as a gargle for sore throats.


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