Rasna is commonly known as Lesser galanga. The plant have numerous medicinal properties and is used in alleviating many diseases. The best Ayurveda Doctor in the world Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Rasna in conditions involving the vitiation of Kapha and Vata doshas as it alleviates these doshas. The herb is used to treat conditions like Arthritis , Asthma, Cough etc. Rasna is also used as antibacterial , stimulant etc as it contains Phytoconstituents like pluchine, quercitin etc.

General aspects and Geography

Botanical name : Pluchea lanceolata          

Family :  Asteraceae 

Habitat: Found through out India

Parts used

  • Root, Leaves,Whole plant

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Anuvasanopaga varga (Used of enema)

Susruta Samhita – Arkadi gana

Pharmacological action

  • Aromatic 
  • Stimulant 
  • Carminative 
  • Antibacterial 

Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Sothahara (Antiinflammatory)
  • Visaghna (Antipoisonous )
  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Pacaka(Digestant )

Therapeutic indications

  • Arthritis(Amavata )- Decoction prepared from Rasna is beneficial in alleviating Arthritis conditions 
  • Gout (Vatarakta)- Habitual intake of Decoction of Rasna at a dose of 90 ml will alleviate Gout


Powder (Churna) – 4 g

Kwatha (Decoction )- 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. 


  • Rasnadi churnam 
  • Rasnadi gutika
  • Rasnadi kwatha

Morphology :

An erect under shrub with slender stems and oblong leaves. Inflorescence is corymb. Fruits are achene.

Vernacular names of Rasna

English – Lesser galanga

Hindi- Rasan

Malayalam – Aratta

Sanskrit -Rasna 


  • Surasa
  • Nakuli 
  • Sreyasi 


Rasa- Tikta (Bitter)

Guna-  Guru (heavy)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid ) 

Virya- Ushna (hot )

रास्नाऽऽमपाचिनीतिक्ता गुरुष्णा कफवातजित्

शोथश्वाससमीरास्त्रवातशूलोदरापहा ||

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Guducyadi varga-shloka 163)

   Rasna alleviate Vata Kapha doshas because of its properties like hot potency and Acrid taste. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best Ayurveda doctor Varun Ram Raj, uses the herb Rasna to treat numerous diseases including Arthritis and Gout and also conducts researches on the herb to prepare new combinations of medicines to cure diseases effectively. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. What are the uses of Rasna churna?

According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Rasnadi churna can be used to treat joint inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis.

  1. What is the Dosage of Rasna churna?

          Rasnadi churna can be applied externally on body surface covering the entire area after mixing it with suitable adjuvants like Rice water or lemon juice.


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