Acalypha indica Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
copperleaf Indian acalypha Indian-nettle three-seeded-mercury

Acalypha indica is a species of plant having catkin type of inflorescence. It occurs throughout tropical Africa and South Africa, in India and Sri Lanka, as well as in Yemen and Pakistan. It has possibly been introduced elsewhere as a weed. In West and East Africa the plant is used as a medicinal plant.It is a common herb growing up to 75 cm tall with ovate leaves. Flowers are green, unisexual found in catkin inflorescence. In West Africa the leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. It is also browsed by cattle. This plant is held in high esteem in traditional Tamil Siddha medicine as it is believed to rejuvenate the body.

Acalypha indica

Medical use

Economic importance of Acalypha indica

Medicines folklore
Weed potential sed contaminant

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Geografical distribution

  • AFRICA
    Native
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia; Somalia
    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Zaire
    • West Tropical Africa: Benin; Burkina Faso; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mauritania; Niger; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola; Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: Botswana; Namibia; South Africa - Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West; Swaziland
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar; Mauritius; Reunion
  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: India - Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
    • North Indian Ocean: India - Andaman and Nicobar
    • Indo-China: Myanmar; Thailand
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines

Biological activities

11B-HSD-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
5-Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Analgesic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Anthelmintic
Tannin found in Plant
AntiAGE
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
AntiCFS
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
AntiCTS
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
AntiHIV
Tannin found in Plant
AntiLyme
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
AntiPMS
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antiaflatoxin
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antiaggregant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antiaging
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiakathisic
Iron found in Leaf (885 ppm)
Antiallergic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antialzheimeran
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antianemic
Iron found in Leaf (885 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antiasthmatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
Antiatherosclerotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antibacterial
Acalyphine found in Plant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Anticancer
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Anticanker
Iron found in Leaf (885 ppm)
Anticariogenic
Tannin found in Plant
Anticataract
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Anticervicaldysplasic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Anticheilitic
Iron found in Leaf (885 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Anticold
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antidecubitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antidementia
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antidepressant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Antidiarrheic
Tannin found in Plant
Antidote
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
Antidysenteric
Tannin found in Plant
Antieczemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiedemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiencephalitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiendometriotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antifatigue
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antifeedant
2-methylanthraquinone found in Plant
Antifertility
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antifibrotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antigallstone
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antigastritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antigingivitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antiglaucomic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antihangover
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antihemorrhagic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antihepatitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antihepatotoxic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Tannin found in Plant
Antiherpetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antihistaminic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antihypertensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Tannin found in Plant
Antiimplantation
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antiinfertility
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antilepric
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antileukemic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antilipolytic
Tannin found in Plant
Antilithic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antilymphocytic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antimaculitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antimeasles
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antimenopausal
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antimenorrhagic
Iron found in Leaf (885 ppm)
Antimigraine
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antimutagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Antinephritic
Tannin found in Plant
Antineuramidase
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antinitrosic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiobesity
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Antiophidic
Tannin found in Plant
Antiorchitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiosteoarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiosteoporotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Leaf (5075 ppm)
Antioxidant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Antiparkinsonian
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiparotitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiperiodontic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antiperiodontitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antiplaque
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antipneumonic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antipodriac
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antipoliomyelitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antipyretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiradicular
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Antirenitic
Tannin found in Plant
Antiretinotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antirheumatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antirhinitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiscorbutic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antiseptic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antiserotonin
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antishingles
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antistaphylococcic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Antistress
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antisyndrome-X
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Antitumor-Promoter
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Antitumor
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Antitussive
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
Antiulcer
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Antiviral
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Leaf (5075 ppm)
Apoptotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Aromatase-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Asthma-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Beta-Blocker
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Beta-Glucuronidase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Bronchosedative
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
COX-2-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Calcium-Antagonist
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Carcinogenic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Cardioprotective
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Chelator
Tannin found in Plant
Choleretic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Cold-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Collagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Copper-Chelator
Kaempferol found in Plant
Cyclooxygenase-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Cytotoxic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Detoxicant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Diaphoretic
Acalyphine found in Plant
Diuretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Emetic
Acalyphine found in Plant
Calcium-oxalate found in Leaf
Estrogenic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Expectorant
Acalyphine found in Plant
Fistula-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Fungicide
Kaempferol found in Plant
Glucosyl-Transferase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Plant
HIV-RT-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Hemostat
Acalyphine found in Plant
Hepatoprotective
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Hypocholesterolemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Hypotensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Hypouricemic
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
ICAM-1-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Immunomodulator
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Leaf (5075 ppm)
Immunosuppressant
Tannin found in Plant
Inflammatory
Calcium-oxalate found in Leaf
Inotropic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Insecticide
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
Insectifuge
Tectoquinone found in Plant
Interferonogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Iodothyronine-Deiodinase-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
JNK-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Laxative
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Calcium-oxalate found in Leaf
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Lithogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium-oxalate found in Leaf
MAO-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Molluscicide
2-methylanthraquinone found in Plant
Mucolytic
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Mutagenic
Kaempferol found in Plant
NO-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Natriuretic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Neuroprotective
Kaempferol found in Plant
Ornithine-Decarboxylase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Plant
Osteogenic
Phosphorus found in Leaf (5075 ppm)
PAF-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Pesticide
2-methylanthraquinone found in Plant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tannin found in Plant
Tectoquinone found in Plant
Prooxidant
Iron found in Leaf (885 ppm)
Protisticide
Kaempferol found in Plant
Psychotropic
Tannin found in Plant
Quinone-Reductase-Inducer
Kaempferol found in Plant
Respirastimulant
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
Rodenticide
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
TNF-alpha-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Teratologic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Termitifuge
Tectoquinone found in Plant
Topoisomerase-I-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Topoisomerase-II-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Tyrosinase-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
Uricosuric
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Urinary-Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Uterotrophic
Kaempferol found in Plant
Vasodilator
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Calcium found in Leaf (34205 ppm)
Fiber found in Leaf (117950 ppm)
Kaempferol found in Plant
Vasomotor-Stimulant
Hcn found in Leaf (2700 ppm)
Vulnerary
Ascorbic-acid found in Leaf (7540 ppm)
Xanthine-Oxidase-Inhibitor
Tannin found in Plant
cAMP-Phosphodiesterase-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant
iNOS-Inhibitor
Kaempferol found in Plant

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
1-inositolmonomethylether Leaf
2-methylanthraquinone Plant
Acalyphamide Plant
Acalyphine Plant
Ascorbic-acid Leaf 1,470 7,540
Ash Leaf 31,000 159,000
Aurantiamide Plant
Beta-sitosterol-beta-d-glucoside Plant
Calcium Leaf 6,670 34,205
Calcium-oxalate Leaf
Carbohydrates Leaf 60,000 300,700
Fat Leaf 14,000 71,800
Fiber Leaf 23,000 117,950
Gamma-sitosterol-acetate Plant
Hcn Leaf 2,700
Hydrocyanic-acid Leaf 2,700
Iron Leaf 170 885
Kaempferol Plant
N-methyl-3-cyanopyridones Plant
N-octacosanol Plant
Phosphorus Leaf 990 5,075
Protein Leaf 67,000 343,590
Quebrachitol Plant
Resin Plant
Succinimide Plant
Tannin Plant
Tectoquinone Plant
Tri-o-methyl-ellagic-acid Plant
Triacetonamine Plant
Water Leaf 805,000
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]