The Akarkara plant is bushy and hairy in texture. The stems have knots spaced far apart. The bark is of dust color. The roots are 3-4 inches long and a half inch thick. It is called Akkal-Kara in Hindi, Akkikaruka in Malayalam Akkal Kadha in Marathi, and Akkarakaaram. Oil is prepared by a method known as pit extraction. Extracts of Anacyclus pyrethrum have anabolic activity in mice and also increase testosterone in the animal model.