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mayurashikha - Actinopteris dichotoma Bedd.

mayurashikha :

mayurashikha : Actinopteris dichotoma Bedd. This plant also very endemic and in the verge of extinction.

Taxonomical Classification


English: Peacocks tail
Hindi: Mayursikha, Morpamkhi
Malayalam: Nanmukhappullu, Mayurasikha, Mayilatum sikha


Synonyms in Ayurveda: mayurashikha, morpankhi, Mayoorasikha

Rasa: Kashaya Katu Tikta
Guna: Laghu
Veerya: Ushna

Parts used for medicinal purpose

Whole plant, ,


A small fern grows up to 20 cm high. Fronds fan-like with numerous dichotomous segments which are rush-like in texture, having few veins, sub-parallel, segments of fertile frond longer than those of the barren one, sori linear, sub marginal and elongate 

Geographical distribution:

Throughout the rocky hillsides of Western ghats. 

Therapeutic Uses:

Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, diarrhea, dysentery, worm infestations, skin discoloration, skin diseases, diabetes and fever.

Ayurvedic Formulations:

Common Ayurvedic Formulations of mayurashikha with their Indications
Aparajitha dhooma choornam - It is used for fumigation.

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