Aerva lanata is a weed and many can mistake it as a useless plant. But Aerva (astanabaydain Sanskrit) is a multipurpose medicinal plant whose medicinal properties are quitelarge. The prominent medicinal properties of Aerva lanata are maintaining blood sugar tooptimum level and removing stones from kidneys. Other health benefits include its ability to fight headache, stomach and digestiveproblems, neck and back pain, control body temperature, promote urine in case of bodyswellings, relief from burning urination and regulate body’s metabolic activity. Ayurveda and Siddha doctors often prescribe Aerva as a general tonic for pregnant women.There have been scientific studies on rats that showed how leaf extract of Aerva bringsdown high blood sugar levels. Its ability to fight kidney stones has also been documentedin rats. All parts of the plant are used in medicinal preparations in Siddha andAyurveda. Aerva is capable of fighting pathogens both on the skin and inside the body,thanks to its anti-microbial activity. =========== Home remedies =========== If you are chronic diabetic and want to keep your blood sugar under control, Aerva lanatais one of the best herbal remedies. Collect the herb, take out the leaves, wash themproperly and dry them under shade. Once dry, powder them and keep it in a clean and neatbottle. Use a little quantity of Aerva leaves powder twice daily for relief from highblood sugar. Extract from Aerva lanata leaves is often prescribed in small quantities for relief fromkidney stones. Take fresh or dried leaves of Aerva lanata wash them properly. Crush the leaves and applyon injuries or inflamed portions of the skin. It gives quick relief from pain. Root decoction is often prescribed by Siddha and Ayurveda practitioners for relief fromheadache. Flowers of Aerva lanata are soft and look like cotton. Take the Aerva flowers, and burnthem. Obtain the ash and sieve it in a fine cloth to remove any impurities. The ash thusobtained can be gently rubbed on the back for relief from backache. The juice obtained from Aerva leaves is said to reduce painful urination. It has to betaken in small quantities to avoid any side effects.