Last Updated: October 5 2021

Asteracantha longifolia (Kokilaaksha) is an ayurvedic aphrodisiac and liver protective agent. Currently, research on this plant is preliminary with limited information on both components of the plant and toxicology.

Kolkilaksha is most often used for


Asteracantha longifolia (synonymous with quite a few other plant and traditional names) is a traditional Indian medicine that is reported to be beneficial against glucose disturbances (Diabetes) and against liver problems; in addition to these two therapeutic claims, it is reported to be a diuretic and an aphrodisiac.

At this moment in time there is not much information on this herb, but it appears to have some interactions with glucose metabolism in the sense that it can augment glycogen synthesis in the liver and muscle tissue (mechanism unknown) and it appears to protect the liver and brain from lipid peroxidation with a potency somewhat comparable to Vitamin E.

What else is Kolkilaksha known as?
Note that Kolkilaksha is also known as:
  • Hygrophila Longifolia
  • Barleria Auriculata
  • Barleria Spinosa
  • Ikshura
  • Ikshugandha
  • Hygrophila Spinosa
  • Hygrophila Auriculata
  • Kokilaaksha
  • Talimakhana
  • Gokulakanta
  • Marsh Barbel
  • Asteracantha Longifolia
Dosage information

There is currently not enough information available at this moment in time to recommend an oral dose of any medicinal component of this herb.

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