Manjistha- (Rubia cordifolia) is one of the most valued Ayurvedic herbs for purifying the blood and removing toxins from the body. It is also one of Ayurveda’s most powerful skin-healing herbs. Its other names include Aromatic madder or Indian madder.
Manjistha is an effective herb to manage skin disorders like psoriasis. This is due to its Raktashodhak (blood purifier) and Pitta balancing properties. It helps to purify blood and pacify Pitta dosha which are some of the main causes behind skin disorder like psoriasis.
Manjistha is a type of flowering plant from the coffee family Rubiaceae, a creeper that grows up to 10 m. Because of their red hue, its stems and roots are used to dye cloths and other articles
The plant is usually found growing in scrub vegetation, moist deciduous forests, forest edges, shrubs, grass slopes, grassland or open, rocky areas, and semi-evergreen forests. It thrives best in well-watered loamy soils. It has shiny, heart-shaped deep green leaves and robust red roots and a bark which is also red in colour. The flowers are very small, greenish white and grow in a cluster.
The stem is the most commonly used part of the entire plant. It initially has a unique but bitter taste, followed by a spicy aftertaste.
Botanical Name : Rubia cordifolia
Synonyms - Vakasa, Yojanavalli, Rakta, Samanga, Rohini,Tamravalli, Vastraranjini, Raktapushpi, etc.
Regional names - Marathi - manjistha, Hindi - Manjitha, Gujrathi.- Majitha, Tamil. - Manjitti. Telgu. - Tamravalli Malyalum. - Manjetti, Kannada- Manjushtha.
A)Taste:- Bitter, Astringent
B)Post digestive effect:- Pungent
D)Attributes – heavy and rough,dry
Benefits/ Uses of Manjistha:
Manjistha is predominantly linked to blood purification and facilitating smooth functioning of the lymphatic system which is the seat of immunity.
Manjistha supports pancreas, spleen, liver, and kidney functions and soothes Pitta dosha. It is also a diuretic and is excellent for skin brightening and treating skin disorders. Manjistha contains a compound called Alizarin which has antibacterial properties.
Manjisth helps combat dry skin, rashes, itchiness and inflammation and lightens scars and marks, making it an excellent ingredient in face packs.
Mangistha helps in diabetic neuropathy.Manjistha also has the capability to heal diabetic ulcers.
Applying Manjistha powder along with honey or rose water (2-3 times / week) helps to manage acne and pimples by inhibiting the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
It helps maintain good digestion and alleviates arthritis. It is a potent immunity booster as well. As per Ayurveda, taking Manjistha powder after lunch and dinner helps manage diarrhea due to its Deepan (appetiser) and Pachan (digestive) properties.
Manjistha is also an effective remedy to improve hair health and manage hair problems like greying of hair. This can be used as a natural hair dye for colouring as well as conditioning your hair. Manjistha oil is also effective in controlling hair fall and its antimicrobial properties help the scalp to fight dandruff.
Burn Wounds:- manjistha ghee eliminates burning and heals burn injuries due to its astringent taste and dryness.
Because of their red hue, its stems and roots are used to dye cloths and other articles.
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manjistha Dose: - decoction- 50 to 100 ml. powder- 1 to 4 gms.