Synonym ► K. tenuifolia Stend. Cyperus triceps (Rottb.) Endl.
Family ► Cyperaceae.
Habitat ► Northwestern India, Gujarat, Rajasthan and South India.
Ayurvedic ► Nirvishaa (var.) Mustaka (var.), Apivisha.
Action ► Root—febrifuge and antidermatosis. Also used for diabetes.
Kyllinga monocephala Rottb., synonym Cyperus kyllinga Endl., common throughout India, is also known as Nirvishaa, Nirbishi and Mustaa (var.). The root is used as diuretic (in polyuria), demulcent, refrigerant and antipyretic. It is prescribed for fistula, pustules, tumours, measles, diarrhoea and other intestinal affections.
Traces of hydrocyanic acid are reported to be present in the root, stems and nutlets.
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