Aftimoon, Aakaash Bel (Cuscuta reflexa roxb.)

Aftimoon, Aakaash Bel (Cuscuta reflexa roxb.)

Herb's Description

“Aftimoon” is scientifically known as (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.) The plant is parasitic and grows on other plants. It look brownish-yellow in colour. The stems are wiry, slender and longitudinally furrowed. Its flowers pedicelled and cupped. Each cup has several teeth. Within the cup there is a corolla, the seeds are four, small, light brown, convex on one side and concave on the other and enclosed in a round capsule.

Taste, Odor & Occurrence

Occurrence: It occurs in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
Odour: The odour of Afitimoon (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.) is aromatic
Taste: its taste is bitter and sharp

Primary Characteristics

Afitimoon (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.) belongs to Convolvulaceae, Cuscutaceae family. The Arabic names for this herb are “Afitmun” and “Kasus”. In English language this herb is called as “Dodder”. While in Urdu it is known as “Afitmun”, “Akas Bel”, “Ambar Bel”, “Bepari-Desi”, “Ishq Paichan”, “Nilathari” and “Zarbooti”.


It is 2nd order, warm and dry, 3rd Order, Warm, 1st order, dry.

Pharmacological Actions

The pharmacological Actions of the plant (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.) are Alterative, Analgesic, Anthelmintic, Anti-atrabilious, Blood Purifier, Carminative, Demulcent, Deobstruent, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Purgative, Resolvent and Sedative. Fruit is especially alterative, stem is purgative and seeds are carminative and anodyne.


It is indicated in Jaundice, Insanity, paralysis, lumbago, itching, vomiting, chronic ulcers, Melancholia, EpilepsyHiccupInflammationsHeadacheIncubus NightmareChronic Persistent FeversMuscular PainAtrabilious AffectionsPhlegmatic HumoursSpleen DebilityJoints PainIntestinal DisordersOrchitisProtracted FeversLiver IndurationIrritative Condition of Brain.

The Indication of stem of Aftimoon (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.) is bilious disorders.
The Indications of seed of Aftimoon (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.) are 
spleen disorderschronic feverhepatic disordersophthalmiaquartan feverhiccup and griping.

Contra Indications 

No contra indication information is available for Aftimoon (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.)

Compound Preparations

Aftimoon (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb.) is used in the preparations like:

  • Itrifal Ghudadi
  • Itrifal Deedaan
  • Jawarish Shehryaran
  • Ma'joon-e-Najah
  • Ma'joon-e-Sana
  • Ma'joon-e-Dabeedul ward
  • Ma'joon-e-Chob Chini
  • Ma'joon-e-Talkh
  • Ma'joon-e-Ushba
  • Muffareh Mo'tadil
  • Mufarreh Kabir
  • Safuf Namak-e- Sulaimani
  • Sharbat-e- Aftimoon
  • Sharbat-e- Bazoori Har
  • Sharbat-e- Kasus
  • Sharbat-e- Mulayyin
  • Sharbat-e- Ahmad Shahi
  • Sharbat-e- Dinar


  • Whole Herb     3.000g - 5.000g

Warning and Precautions

In large doses or if used prolong, it is described as harmful for lungs. It may produce nausea and discomfort in some cases.


  • PUBLISHED DATE : Sep 26, 2017
  • CREATED / VALIDATED BY : Dr. Mahtab Alam Khan
  • LAST UPDATED ON : Sep 26, 2017


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