Dattiun (Apamarg) Plant: Rishi Panchami Plant with Benefits

In Nepal, Dattiun plant is called with various names in various localities. Hindu women use it to floss and brush their teeth especially during Rishi Panchami. Read this article to learn about my Dattiun experience.

Dattiun (in Hindi: Apamarg) is believed to have beneficial role in healing teeth and gum problems.

Hindu women of Nepal collect 365 twigs (or at least required number of twigs to ensure 365 pieces of sticks) to keep for maintaining dental hygiene on daily basis. They collect it on a day before Teej festival. On Rishi Panchami, they take a holy bath on river with the same Dattiun twigs, bit of cow-dung, and the soil underneath the Tulasi plant. They do this expecting purification of their body, and soul with these elements of nature.

While doing religious practices like Rishi Panchami bath, please make sure you do not use soil and cow-dung if you have open cut or wound on your body. You may risk getting tetanus.

Dattiun plant is a wild species so far. For my Rishi Panchami bath, I do not need to go far and away to collect this plant. It is found in my locality. In fact, it may be found in backyards of families living in Nepal.

Further exloring to learn about health uses of this plant, I came to know that this is also used to make Ksharsutra in Ayurvedic treatment of anorectal disorders (mostly piles, fistula and fissure).

In this blog post, I will be updating my personal experiences and more utilities of the Dattiun (Apamarg) plant. Should you have something to say, please comment below!