By Syed Akbar Sphaeranthus indicus or Gorakhmundi is a well known weed that grows wildly in paddyfields. In English it is called East Indian Globe Thistle. This aromatic herb has beenknown to Ayurveda and Unani for hundreds of years. It also finds a mention in tribalmedicine. Gorakhmundi has several medicinal properties which are now established by scientificresearch. This herb is prescribed for treatment of epilepsy, migraine, jaundice, fever,cough and haemorrhoids. Some herbal doctors prescribe Gorakhmundi for removal of worms from the digestive tract.It is useful for treatment of a number of skin ailments. This herb is famous for itsanti-gout properties as it removes uric acid concentration from the body. All parts of Gorakhmundi plant are used in herbal formulation. Some herbal researchersview that Gorakhmundi has unique medicinal properties that fights insanity, indigestion,anemia and even piles. ============ Home remedies ============ For people suffering form painful and bleeding haemorrhoids Gorakhmundi juice isconsidered as the best natural bet. To prepare Gorakhmundi juice, take some cumin seedsand ground them. Add a little milk to the to the ground seeds to obtain a thick paste. Take Gorakhmundi herb and make a paste out of it. Add it to the cumin milk paste. Add asmall quantity of water and filter it. Keep the solution in a fresh and neat bottle.Consume less than 5 ml of this solution twice a day for relief. Take Gorakhmundi flowers in small quantity (about four grams). Make them into powder andconsume it once daily for treatment of gout. Gout occurs on the big toe and doctors linkit to the presence of high concentration of uric acid in the body. Gorakhmundi juice or decoction is also helpful for treatment of spleen enlargement andfilariasis. For treatment of migraine herbal doctors often prescribe Gorakhmundi juice in combination with pepper. Gorakhmundi extract is readily available in the market can be consumed for relief fromnagging skin problems like psoriasis. Gorakhmundi tea readily available in the market is helpful in treatment of prostateproblems.