Family Cyperaceae

Habitat ► Indigenous to West Asia and North Africa; occurring scattered from Punjab to Nilgiri hills as a grass-like sedge.

English ► Earth Almond, Chufa, Rush Nut, Tiger Nut. (Tuber is called Nut.)

Ayurvedic ► Chichoda.

Folk ► Chichodaa, Kaseru (Punjab). Also equated with Naagaramustaka.

Action ► A digestive tonic (used for indigestion, flatulence, colic, diarrhoea, dysentery); promotes diuresis and menstruation. The juice is taken for treating ulcers of the mouth and gums.

Tiger Nut is used in debility and as a nervine tonic due to its high crude lipid and carbohydrate contents and fairly good essential amino acid composition.

Cyperus scariosus R.Br. 195

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