It has prickly stems and small, fluffy, ball-shaped pink flowers in summer. It grows to a height and spread of around 3 ft (1 m). In many areas this plant is becoming a noxious weed.
A paste of the plant can be used in many skin ailments: fungus, cuts, wounds, ulcers. In the reproductive system, the paste can reduce vaginal swelling and burning. It also lessens the load of menstrual bleeding by altering the estrous hormone cycle. As such, in men, it may also improve sexual impotency.
Treats stomach ache, oral hygiene, glandular swelling, indigestion, diabetes, and asthma.
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