Ascaricida anthelmintica (L.) Sweet
Ascaricida indica Cass.
Centratherum anthelminticum (L.) Kuntze ex Gamble
Conyza anthelmintica L.
Serratula anthelmintica (L.) Roxb.
Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) Willd.
Vernonia stenolepis Oliv.
Common Name: Kinka
Kinka is a robust, branched, annual plant growing 60 - 100cm tall[
The plant is often gathered from the wild and used medicinally, especially in Asia. It is sometimes cultivated for medicinal purposes in countries such as in India and China. It has been grown experimentally in the USA as a possible source of epoxy fatty acids (oil).
Tropics from eastern and southern Africa, through Asia to Myanmar and Laos.
]. Grassland and roadsides[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
The plant is sometimes used for seasoning curries[
The small, extremely bitter seeds are powerfully anthelmintic, diuretic, stomachic and tonic[
]. They are said to be an effective treatment against threadworms even if their use is not followed by a purgative[
]. An infusion is used as a treatment for coughs and flatulence[
The seeds are used in the treatment of skin diseases, and for treating scorpion stings[
The bruised seeds, ground up into a paste with lime juice, are applied externally as a treatment to kill lice[
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