Swarnakshiri (Argemone mexicana) – Medicinal Uses and Benefits


Swarnakshiri is a perennial herb commonly seen in Kashmir, at a height of 10000 ft. The plant is also known as Satyanashi, Svarnakshiri, Mexican prickly poppy, Hirbi, etc. The plant’s latex has a golden yellow color and hence the name Swarnakshiri. The chemical constituents of the plant have not been screened. 

Institute of Applied food Allergy guided by Dr. Gupta, have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating the allergic condition. Our experts studied on Svarnakshiri and proven many therapeutic activities ofthe plant like, anti-inflammatory, Muscle relaxant, Sedative, Antinociceptive, Spasmodic, Lithotriptic, Antipyretic, etc. The plant can be used to treat diseases like Anemia, Cough, Diabetes, Inflammation, Fever, Allergic conditions, etc. Our experts have also found out that the stem bark of Svarnakshiri have antidiabetic activities. The petroleum ether extract and ethanolic extract of the plant showed significant antidiabetic activities. 

Action of Swarnakshiri (Argemone mexicana) in Allergies

IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic andanti-inflammatory properties of the plant Svarnakshiri. The plant contains phytoconstituents like Methanol, ethanol, kaempferol etc. These aids in the antiallergic properties of the plant. The decoction prepared from the leaves of Svarnakshiri can alleviate skin allergic conditions and worm infestations .

Vernacular Names

Sanskrit Name Swarnakshiri, Svarnakshiri, Haimavati, Hemadugdha, Tikta Dugdha
Hindi Name Satyanashi, Kataila
English Name Mexican poppy, Mexican prickly poppy
Malayalam Name Ponnummattam
Kannada Name Datturi
Marathi Name Kantai
Punjabi Name Bhatkatheya

Botanical Name

Euphorbia thomsoniana, Argemone Mexicana Linn.



Morphology of Satyanashi (Argemone mexicana)

  • Perennial herb
  • Stem is simple and unbranched
  • Leaves are sessile and elliptic ovate

Ayurveda Reference of Swarnakshiri (Argemone mexicana)

Ayurveda Reference of Swarnakshiri (Argemone mexicana)

Geographical Distribution of Satyanashi (Argemone mexicana)

Svarnakshiriis found in high altitude in India especially in Kashmir . 

Phytoconstituents of Satyanashi (Argemone mexicana)

Methanolic extract, ethanolic extract, kaempferol 

Parts Used of Satyanashi (Argemone mexicana)

  • Root
  • Latex

Dosage of Satyanashi (Argemone mexicana)

  • Juice (swarasa) – 10-20 ml
  • Decoction (kwatha) – 50-100 ml

Medicinal Properties of Satyanashi (Argemone mexicana)

  • Hrdrogahara – Cardio protective 
  • Sophahara – relieves swelling 
  • Swasahara – relieves asthma 
  • Krimighna – alleviates worm  infestations
  • Visaghna – useful in poisoning 
  • Kandughna – relieves itching 
  • Kushtaghna – relieves skin diseases 
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Home Remedies of Swarnakshiri (Argemone mexicana)

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine, extensively popular in India. More than medical care, Ayurveda advices lifestyle modifications which helps in relieving diseases and promoting immunity. Ayurveda uses herbs that are commonly seen around. Svarnakshiri is a major herb used in Ayurveda and is used in many diseases like, 

  • In Urinary calculus (Asmari) – Decoction is prepared from the root of Svarnakshiri and to it add paste of root bark. It is then taken internally.
  • In Diabetes (Prameha) – Decoction of Svarnakshiriis taken at a dose of 60ml per day to cure diabetes.
  • In Goitre (Gandamala) – Decoction prepared from root bark of Svarnakshiri is taken internally.
  • In digestive disorders (Agnimandhya) – Root bark crushed and Decoction made. Oral intake of this will cure digestive disorders.
  • In Cough (Kasa) – Powder of Barkof Svarnakshiriis mixed with Ginger and taken repeatedly to cure cough.
  • In worm infestations (krimi roga) – Decoction prepared from root bark of Svarnakshiri is taken at a dose of 60ml per day.
  • In Fever (Jwara) – Decoction of Svarnakshiri and Mandukaparni is taken to cure fever at a dose of 60ml.
  • In Heart diseases (Hrdroga) – Daily usage of Svarnakshiri can act as cardioprotective.
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Ayurveda is an Indian system of medicine which uses different forms of products derived from herbs that are commonly seen around. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA have been conducting research studies to find out different phytoconstituents of herbs and their action in body. Such knowledge acquired through these research by our experts is used to produce different medicines purely based on Ayurveda. IAFA is the provider of safe and effective treatment for a wide range of diseases, mainly allergic diseases all based on Ayurveda. 

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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