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Kulekhara: This Local Plant helps in Increasing Haemoglobin; Know How to Use it

Prity Barman
Prity Barman

Since the “Atmanirbhar” campaign started, there has been a lot of importance given to the local business and products. Now as the new campaign started, we should also try and learn about the local agriculture crops which are of utmost importance. 

In this 21st century as we are moving ahead with this pandemic, there are other health related issues which are never coming to an end. If we start counting there are lakhs of people who are suffering with many such diseases which are very common but tiring enough for those who are suffering with it.

Anemia is a one such disease which has been a common problem among the younger children more due to the fact of malnutrition that has prevailed in this nation for a long time. This disease is where one lacks sufficiently healthy red blood cells to provide ample oxygen to the tissues of the body. The person may feel drained and weak with anemia.

There are many causes of anemia, all of which have their own origin. Anemia may be acute or long-term, with moderate to extreme. Anemia therapies vary from supplementation to surgical care. Any forms of anemia could be avoided by a balanced and different diet too.

It’s actually better to find a solution which is more natural and has zero side effects. So there are some local plants which are so good for this disease that it has almost cured people from it permanently. Let’s know more about it:


In English Khulekhara is called swamp weed, in Hindi Talimakhana it is called a flowering plant with medicinal qualities. Botanically, it is named as Hygrophila T spinose. In Ayurveda it is stated that the plant Kulekhara, which means eyes like, is derived from Kokilasha. This plant is considered to be native to India and is typically grown under tropical or subtropical climatic conditions in swamp regions. The flowers of this plant are typically purple and used for medicinal use. Kulerron was researched and prepared by a popular pharmaceutical company Branolia Chemicals that exploits Kulekhara's goodness to combat iron deficiency in the blood. Kulekhara has Kulerron in its primary component and is one of the most effective iron deficiency cure antidotes. 

Kulekhara’s common uses: 

The leaves of the plant are frequently used in the everyday food of East India in particular. The leaves are often used as a daily saag on with small fish and mustard.  

There is a lot of anti-oil derived from the whole plant. The Khulekhara leaf extract is also used for treating diarrhoea, inflammation, stomach pain and anaemia. The seeds of this plant are also medicinal and used for many blood diseases and urinary problems. 

Kulekhara’s Leaf's effects: 

Information have been investigated and researched on the different positive behaviour of the Kulekhara plant. Two of the main advantages are: 

Anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic effects – The anti-inflammatory and antipyretic effect of H Spinosas/Kulekhara were supported by studies in animal and isolated cell. The most effective chloroform extract in decreasing body temperature at doses of 400 mg/kg body weight was given to Brewster's yeast-induced pyrexia rats. 

Hematopoietic influence- The plant's leaves and stalks is used to cure anaemia, which is indicative of iron deficiency of the blood as a disorder that affects people of all ages worldwide. Haemoglobin in the blood is known to rise. A rodent research showed that their red blood cell level and WBC count were increased.

Antioxidant activity– These herbs have important health beneficial antioxidant effects too. 

Antibacterial and anthelmintic activity – the herb is strongly anti-bacterial in nature especially in the leaves and other extracts. Astringent-meaning herbal blood cleansers are also classified as antifungal plants and have been found in this plant.

A list of prescription anti microbiologic products intended for destroying dangerous bacteria is referred to in the phrase non- (contra)-biotic (life). They help shield the body from such infectious bacteria and strengthen the immune system. This plant has the above mentioned compounds too

Kulekahara origins and where is it found:

As mentioned earlier this leafy vegetable is originally found in the parts of West Bengal and have their roots from the northern parts of the state from where it got its local name and was made famous among the Bengali’s by the Tribal people.

These grow maximum as a wild plant near the damp areas of wells or any water bodies. Freshly it is harvested by the localites and is extremely cost effective. 

Therefore, instead of looking for chemical supplements why not try out this plant, all we need to do is boil the leaves and drink the strained water or else cook it as a normal saag and eat it with Chapatti or rice. The results are wonders that no one could have ever imagined for.

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