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Plumbago Zylenica Roots

Blood purifier

Available in whole or powder form

Common names: Ceylon Leadwort, White Leadwort, Chitraka, Agnishikha, Chitramula.

Plumbago zylenica roots are commonly used internally but seldom externally. In the form of an external paste, it is used in filariasis, depigmentation of the skin and anasarca generalized swelling all over the body. On applying its paste, boils appear on the skin and they burst open giving out the impurities. In rheumatic joints, its paste applied is beneficial. Orally or internally, Plumbago zylenica (citraka) is used in a vast range of diseases. Plumbago zylenica (citraka) must be used in small doses with caution, as it is very hot and sharp in its properties. Plumbago zylenica is indeed, a divine herb, in umpteen digestive disorders like loss of appetite, indigestion, piles, worms, colitis, ascites and liver diseases. A mixture of the powder of roots of Plumbago zylenica (citraka), rhzome of mustak and the fruits of vidanga in equal proportion, is taken 2-3 gms, with honey. Plumbago zylenica augments the appetite, improves digeston, relieves constipation and alleviates the urticaria – the allergic skin rashes. One gram of its Plumbago zylenica root powder, with a glassful of buttermilk is recommended in the treatment of non-bleeding piles . The same is extremely helpful in colitis, when consumed for 4-6 months. Plumbago zylenica (Citraka) alleviates oedema, hence effectively used in the enlarged liver and spleen. Plumbago zylenica relieves the obstructed phlegm in chronic colds and cough. Plumbago zylenica is used as a rejuenative (rasayana) in the diseases originated from the loss of appetite . Plumbago zylenica along with non-bleeding piles, works well in ano-rectal swellings. The medicated ghrta of citraka is very salutary in hepato splenomegaly and fever. The cough due to kapha dosa, is well controlled with Citrakadi curna a mixture of citraka, pippali, pippali mula and gaja pippali. Vagbhata and Sasruta have praised citraka as a bitter tonic and recommended as a rejuvenator . The tumours of vata origin are treated with Citraka ghrta whereas tumours of kapha origin are treated with the decoction of citraka with sunthi, pippali and eranda mula. Citraka digests the ama, augments the appetite and reduces the swelling , hence, is the potent drug for non-bleeding piles of vata and kapha types. Because of its extreme hot and sharp attributes, it irritates the uterus, enhances its contractions, hence is useful in cleansing it. The decocotion of citraka works well in skin diseases, associated with pain and itching. The combination – citraka, vaca, sunthi and kutaja is a very comprehensive medicament for diarrhea, associated with abdominal pain and chronic colitis.

Picrorhizza Kurroa Rhizome

Hepato protective

Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: Katuka, Kutki.

Picrorhizza kurroa’s usefulness as a laxative, liver-stimulant, improving lactation, appetite stimulant, febrifuge and as beneficial in bronchial asthma. Picrorhizza kurroa plant and its formulations are widely used in therapy of epidemic jaundice. Clinical studies including double-blind trials have been carried out with Picrorhizza kurroa root powder of the plant in patients with viral hepatitis with significant improvement in symptoms like anorexia, nausea and vomiting. There was a concurrent improvement in liver functions. Open trials in bronchial asthma have given encouraging prophylactic response with prolonged administration. Picrorhizza kurroa is bitter, carminative, digestant and has a cooling effect and is used as a cardiotonic, antipyretic and anthelmintic. Picrorhizza kurroa is also used in diabetes, jaundice, blood disorders, hepatomegaly, liver and spleen disorders and skin disorders.

Rubia Cordifolia

Emmenagogue, astringent & divertic

Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: Dyers Madder, Indian Madder, Manjista, Farberwurzel, Majit.

Rubia cordifolia is used both, internally as well as externally. The roots of Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) externally, is highly recommended in skin diseases associated with edema and oozing. The wound and ulcers dressed with Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) ghrta heal promptly and get dried up and well cleansed. Especially the chronic non-healing and cozying wounds respond very will. The Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) ointment medicated with Sat dhauta ghrta, is the best panacea for erysipelas. The burns and scalds heal up magically without scar formatuio, when treated with Manjistha ghrta. The chronic wounds are washed with the decoction of manjistha and dressed with its rasakriya (solid extract). In fractures, the external splint of Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha), madhuka skin and amalaki leaves is beneficial. Rubia cordifolia root powder works well, with ghee, for the medicament of acne. Used externally as a paste by itself or with honey, it heals inflammation and gives the skin an even tone and smoothness. Rubia cordifolia is a powerful dye, imparting a reddish tinge to the skin and is used in dying the clothes also. Internally, Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) is valuable in a vast range of diseases. In diarrhea, Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) works well when combined with lodhra (Symplicos racemosa) skin powder . Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) is benevolent in gastrointestinal ailments like loss of appetite, dyspepsia and worm infestations, as it is an appetizer, digestant, destroys ama and a vermicide. Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) kvatha is widely used as a blood purifier. Rubia cordifolia acts mainly on rasa and rakta srotasas, alleviates the kapha and pitta dosas and eliminates toxins. This ameliorates the vitiation of bhrajaka pitta (pitta from the skin) and imparts better complexion to the skin. Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) was held in high esteem by ancient sages in the treatment of skin diseases. It is widely used, till today, in various skin disorders like erysipelas, eczema, acne, scabies and allergic manifestations. Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) helps in controlling the irritation of nerves and pacifies the mind, hence salutary in epilepsy, especially of pitta type. The decoction of Rubia cordifolia (manjistha), triphala, daruharidra, guduci, katuka, nimba and vaca is used in gout with benefit. The cold infusion of Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) improves the menstrual bleeding and relieves the pain in dysmenorrheal. Rubia cordifolia stimulates and cleanses the uterus, so useful in postnatal ailments. The decoction of Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) is useful in oligomenorrhea and amenorrhea. Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha) is useful as an adjunct in treating hepatitis. Rubia cordifolia is an effective medicament for hoarseness of voice, due to vitiated kapha dosha and cough. Rubia cordifolia is also anti-diabetic and useful in treating urinary calculi. Rubia cordifolia is widely used as a rejuvenative in pigment disorders of the skin and in general debility. Mahamanjisthadi kvatha is one of the popular preparations, used as a blood purifier and in treating various skin diseases. A clinical trial has shown the statistically significant results in acne. (Clinical evaluation of Mahamanjisthadi kvatha and Suksma Triphala in the management of acne vulgaris.