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     FOREVER Manjishta

Rubia cordifolia

     

 

Sanskrit

:

Manjishta

English

:

Indian madder

Latin name

:

Rubia cordifolia

Family

 

Rubiaceae

 

Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties:

Rasa

:

Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent), Madhura (sweet)

Guna

:

Guru (heavy), Ruksha (dry)

Virya

:

Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka

:

Katu (pungent)

Doshakarma

:

Kapha-Pitta Shamaka

 

Useful parts

 

:

 

Root

Medicinal uses

:

Though manjishtha is at the same time bitter, astringent and sweet in taste and heavy, dry and hot in effect, it is a pacifier of kapha and pitta. Besides the glucosides known as manjisthin and purpurine, its chemical composition consists of various other components, which include resins, lime salts and colouring agents. Manjishtha is used in a number of diseases. It is a drug of choice for treating various systemic problems like raised uric acid and gouty arthritis, glandular swellings, recurrent skin infections and other diseases of the skin like pigmentation anomalies and leucoderma. It is also included in various formulations to treat uterine and urinary infections, diarrhoea, dysentery and chronic fevers. Manjishtha holds the reputation of a very good skincare herb. Used externally and internally, it helps one to gain lustre and glow (of the skin) and aids to remove pimples, freckles and discoloration.

Manjishtha promotes the healing of skin tissues damaged by injury or infection. Its finely crushed powder can be simply applied on the face after mixing it with little honey. A combination of dried and crushed orange peels 100 gm, and sandal powder, turmeric and manjishtha powders each 50 gm, makes an excellent face pack. Since manjishtha has a marked effect on the female reproductive organs, it is useful treating various gynaecological problems, like white discharge and irregular menstruation.

Dose

:

Powder 1-3 gm

Important formulation

:

Mahamanjishtadi Kwatha

 

Morphology: A branched climber with bristles. The stem is slender and four angled. The leaves are rough, and arranged in whorl of four per node and oval to heart shaped with long leaf stalk. The leaves have 5-7 main nerves. The stipules are short living (leafy structures found at the nodal region). The flowers are very small, greenish white and arranged in branched cluster called dichasial cyme(forked flowering stalk, which bears specific number of flowers in each branch). The fruit is round fleshy drupe. When ripe is dark-purple. The roots have brownish red bark and gives red dye.

 

Home remedies:

  1. Its paste should be applied in various skin disorders like itching, black spots on the face, pimples, leucoderma etc.
  2. Internal use of manjishtha in the form of powder or decoction is also beneficial in various skin and blood disorders.

 
Summary:

According to Ayurveda, Manjistha is probably the best alternative or blood-purifying herb in Ayurveda. It cools and detoxifies the blood, dissolves obstructions in blood flow, and removes stagnant blood. It is having healing action, thus helpful in erosions of gums and bleeding gums. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used as an immune regulator. Its antioxidant properties are also being investigated. Its role in supporting heart health is evidenced by studies that show that it regulates blood pressure, blood vessel constriction and the tendency of blood to form clots.

Many research teams have suggested that Rubia cordifolia has anticancer activity, Hepatoprotective effects, Antimicrobial activity Antihyperglycemic, antistress and nootropic activity. It also suppresses the activation of mast cells through the inhibition of Syk for anti-allergic activity

 


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