Manjishta: The herb for skin care
Manjishta is well known as Indian madder. The herb is an excellent blood purifier and is also used as a dyeing agent as it imparts color. Manjishta have many actions including Antidiabetic, Diuretic, Haemostatic, Anthelmintic etc and is a high potential medicinal herb. Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Manjishta in inflammatory conditions and in skin discoloration owing to it’s Pittahara action. The herb contains Phytoconstituents like Manjishtin, purpurin etc. which are found to have excellent antiinflammatory actions.
General Aspects and Geography
Botanical name : Rubia cordifolia
Family : Rubiaceae
Habitat: Found through out India
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks
Charaka Samhita – Jwarahara varga (Alleviates fever )
Susruta Samhita – Priyangvadi gana
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
Varnya (increases skin complexion )
Visaghna ( Anti poisonous )
Balya (Promotes strength)
Arsoghna (reduces Haemorrhoids )
Jawarahara(Cures fever )
Fracture (Bhagna)- Paste of Manjishta and Glycirrhiza glabra(Madhuka) is triturated with sour gruel and applied to heal fracture quickly
Diabetes (Prameha)- the decoction prepared from Manjishta is taken at a dose of 90 ml daily to check diabetes
Freckle (Vyanga)- The paste of root of Manjishta is triturated with honey and is applied over the skin.
Powder (Churna) – 3 g
Decoction (Kashaya)- 60 ml
Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor
Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor.
Perennial herbaceous climber with long and grooved stem. Leaves are 4 in one whorl. Inflorescence is terminal panicled cymes. Flowers are greenish.
Vernacular names of Manjishta
English – Indian madder
Malayalam – Manchatti
Sanskrit – Manjishta
Synonyms of Manjishta
Rasapanchaka – Manjishta
Rasa- Kashaya (astringent ) Tikta(Bitter ) Madhura(Sweet)
Guna- Guru (heavy)
Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)
Virya- ushna (hot)
(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu – Guducyadi varga- Shloka no 233)
Manjishta alleviates Pitta and Kapha doshas owing to its property of Astringent taste. The herb is used to treat numerous diseases including Freckle, Fracture, Inflammatory conditions etc. Ayurvedatarian conducts many research studies on the herb Manjishta to explore the medicinal properties for the alleviation diseases including blood disorders , Diabetes , heart diseases etc. Dr Varun Ram Raj, is leading the research for Ayurvedatarian single herbs and herbal combinations for making the availability of high quality herbal as well as Ayurvedic products to the entire globe.
Researches on Manjishta
Frequently asked Questions
1) Is Manjishta good for increasing skin complexion?
Yes, Paste of Manjishta can be applied on skin in regular basis to attain more glowing skin
2) What are the uses of Manjishtadi lepa?
Manjishtadi lepa can be applied over the skin to reduce local swelling.
3) What is the dose of Mahamanjishtadi kwatha?
Mahamanjishtadi kwatha can be taken at a dose of 90 ml twice per day to reduce Skin disorders like leprosy.
4)What are the dosha pacifying qualities of Manjishta?
Manjishta is a Pitta - Kapha dosha pacifier.