Celosia argentea L. (= Celosia cristata L.)

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 3

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Celosia argentea L. (= Celosia cristata L.)


Celosia argentea L. (= Celosia cristata L.) 


Myanmar: kyet-mauk. English: cock’s comb, crested cock’s comb, silver cock’s comb, wild cock’s comb.


Widely distributed in tropics; a common weed. Found in China, Bhutan, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Sikkim, Thailand, Vietnam; also tropical Africa. Widely distributed in Myanmar.


Leaf, Flower, and Seed: Used as antipyretic, aphrodisiac, and vulnerary.


In India the seed is used for eye diseases, clearing the eyes, to treat mouth sores and blood diseases, as an aphrodisiac, and for diarrhea ( Jain and DeFilipps 1991). Medicinal uses of this species is China are discussed in Duke and Ayensu (1985). Here the flowers are used for hemoptysis, metrorhagia, dysentery, hemoptysis, hemorrhoids, leucorrhea, menorrhagia; the stem for a poultice on sores, skin eruptions, swellings, and boils; the seed for diarrhea, painful micturiton, cough, dysentery; and for opthalmia. The Chinese also poultice the seeds over broken bones and use the seed and herb as an anthelmintic an vermifuge. The whole plant is used for eye and liver ailments.


Nordal (1963).