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Health Benefits of Oxalis Corniculata - Puliyarila

Updated on May 30, 2016

What is Oxalis Corniculata?

Oxalis Corniculata is a small creeper usually grown in moist climate in gardens. The flowers are yellow in color and the fruits are cylindrical in shape. It is known by different names.

English -Indian Sorrel, Creeping Woodsorrel

Hindi - Amrul, Amrulsak, Anboti, Chalmori, Chukatripati, Cukatripat

Sanskrit - Chaangeri, Amlapatrikaa, Amlikaa, Chukraa, Chukrikaa, Chhatraamlikaa

Malayalam - Puliyarila

Kannada -Pullamouradi, Sivargee, Purachi Soppu

Tamil - Puliyarai

Telugu - Pulichinta

Bengali - Amrul

Indian Sorrel (Puliyarila) has antifungal, antimicrobial, wound healing, cold, refrigerant, antiscorbutic, appetizing and astringent properties.

Puliyarila grown in the garden
Puliyarila grown in the garden | Source

Top 10 Medicinal Uses of Oxalis Corniculata (Puliyarila) - Indian Sorrel

  1. Helps in indigestion and diarrhoea in children, by boiling the leave juice in butter milk and drink.
  2. Helps in Chronic dysentery, by consuming the juice of the leaves mixed with honey.
  3. Useful in treating jaundice, by taking buttermilk mixed with 2 tsp. of the juice of this herb, twice a day.
  4. Useful in treating wrinkles and warts by applying the paste of Puliyarila juice mixed with sandal powder.
  5. Useful in treating gum problems by gargling the juice mixed with alum.
  6. Helpful in treating bleeding piles by taking its juice twice a day, and also for prolapse rectum.
  7. For headache, applying the paste of this leaves relieves the pain.
  8. Helpful in treating overbleeding in women by consuming the juice mixed with honey.
  9. Helps in healing insomnia and induces sleep, by taking the juice of the leaves mixed with castor oil.
  10. The leaves of puliyarila are good source of Calcium, vitamin C, and carotene.

Puliyarila with yellow flower
Puliyarila with yellow flower | Source


As the Indian sorrel (Oxalic Corniculata) contains high concentration of oxalic acid, persons suffering from gout, rheumatism and calculi or stone in the urinary tract should avoid the use of this herb.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies.

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Nutrients value

The leaves of Oxalis corniculata exhibit rich in mineral contents like

Sodium (1.12+0.02%),

Potassium (2.17+0.31%),

Calcium (2.510.08%),

Nitrogen (3.5610.70%) and

Magnesium (0.25+0.03%)


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    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Glad to know that this hub is useful to you. This plant is commonly seen in the garden, but won't give much importance to it without knowing its benefits.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      4 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I think I have seen this plants in our neighborhood. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub. Have a nice day!

    • lex123 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Very true. When I saw it growing in my garden I remembered to write about its medical benefits. In my childhood we too used these leaves for stomach disorders. Thanks Radhikasree for reading and commenting.

    • radhikasree profile image

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      In childhood, my mom used these leaves to cure stomach disorders. It's sour taste still lingering my mouth.

      Up, useful and interesting.


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