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Manjishtha: Rubia cordifolia

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Manjishtha Powder 2 oz

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A safest dietary supplement for weight loss as it scraps out fat from the body

Alleviates skin diseases

Improves complexion

Ayurvedic Blood purifier

Valued in bleeding disorders

Detoxifies the body

Bone mender

Common Name:
Indian madder (Eng.)

Sanskrit Name:

  • Manjishtha- Means ‘bright red’ attesting to its red roots which have an affinity for the blood and the red pigment can be seen in the urine
  • Vikasa- Meaning “blooming” or “expanding”
  • Yojanavalli- Means it spreads to miles

Lt. Name:
Rubia cordifolia- Rubiaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste)- Tikta (Bitter); Kashaya (Astringent); Madhura (Sweet)
  • Guna (Characteristics)- Guru (Heavy); Ruksha (Rough)
  • Veerya (Potency)- Ushna (Warm)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Katu (Pungent)

Chemical composition of Manjishtha Powder:

Purpurin, Munjistin, Xanthopurpurin or Purpuroxanthin and Pseudopurpurin

Effect of Manjishtha Powder on Tridoshas:

Indian Madder pacifies Kapha and Pitta means it is useful in management of diseases resulting from aggravation of Kapha/ Pitta or both.

Home Remedial Uses of Manjishtha Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Swarakrit- Indian Madder Powder is one of the best Ayurvedic herb to improve voice.
  • Varnya- It possesses cleansing action on blood and detoxifies the body properly. So it is one of the best Ayurvedic remedy to improve complexion.
  • Jwarahara- As per Ayurveda Jwara represents the physical and psychological uneasiness in the body. Both of these are related with the presence of toxins in the body and some metabolic upsets. Indian Madder Powder works well on both of these.
  • Mutrajanana- It also possesses diuretic property and helps in removal of toxins via urine.
  • Ashmaribhedana- Indian Madder Powder helps in crushing and expelling the kidney stones out of the body. It is a natural herbal remedy for kidney stones.
  • Swedajanana- Indian Madder also induces sweating so here we can see this Ayurvedic herb removes toxins from the body by all means i.e. sweating as well as via urine.
  • Vishaghna- As we have seen above Manjishtha Powder is the best Ayurvedic herb for detoxification of body.
  • Lekhaniya- Lekhaniya means an Ayurveda herb which scraps the toxins and unwanted fat out of the body. Manjishtha Powder is among the best dietary supplements for weight loss and detoxification.
  • Rakta shodhaka- Indian Madder Powder is a perfect blood cleansing Ayurvedic herb.
  • Kandughna- Most of the skin diseases out there are related with the disturbed metabolism and presence of toxins in the body. It is the best remedy for itching and other skin diseases.
  • Raktapittahara- Besides cleansing the blood it also pacifies the Pitta Dosha these make Indian Madder an ideal Ayurvedic herb for bleeding disorders.
  • Shonita sthapana- It is a good hemostatic which further helps in bleeding disorders.
  • Vedana sthapana- Indian Madder also pacifies the abnormal sensations and works as a good analgesic Ayurvedic herb.
  • Purisha sangrahaniya- Indian Madder Powder acts as a binder for the stool as it corrects the digestive system so it is a natural remedy for diarrhea and dysentery.
  • Sandhaniya- It helps in proper healing of fractured bones.
  • Kushtaghna- Being a cleanser of blood and liver protecting Ayurveda herb it is one of the best natural remedy for skin diseases.

Health benefits of Manjishtha:

  • The hepatoprotective effects of rubiadin, a major constituent isolated from Rubia cordifolia Linn., were evaluated against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatic damage in rats. Rubiadin at a dose of 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg was administered orally once daily for 14 days. The substantially elevated serum enzymatic activities of serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT), serum alkaline phosphatase (SALP) and gamma-glutamyltransferase (gamma-GT) due to carbon tetrachloride treatment were dose dependently restored towards normalization. Meanwhile, the decreased activities of glutathione S-transferase and glutathione reductase were also restored towards normalization. In addition, rubiadin also significantly prevented the elevation of hepatic malondialdehyde formation and depletion of reduced glutathione content in the liver of CCl4 intoxicated rats in a dose dependent manner. Silymarin used as standard reference also exhibited significant hepatoprotective activity on post treatment against carbon tetrachloride induced hepatotoxicity in rats. The biochemical observations were supplemented with histopathological examination of rat liver sections. The results of this study strongly indicate that rubiadin has a potent hepatoprotective action against carbon tetrachloride induced hepatic damage in rats.
  • Manjishtha Powder is clinically used for the purification of blood by the physicians of the Indian System of Medicine. For the first time, the effect of the partially purified fraction of this whole plant has been studied on rabbit platelets. It inhibits the platelet aggregation induced by PAF (platelet activating factor) but not thrombin. It also inhibits the binding of 3H-PAF to the platelets in the dose-dependent manner. Thus it appears that R. cordifolia inhibits action of PAF at its receptor level either by it's blocking or by desensitization.
  • Indian Madder Powder is good for all inflammatory conditions of the blood and the female reproductive system, its obstruction-dissolving action extending to the liver and kidneys. It dissolves stones, helps destroy tumors, and cleanses and regulates liver, spleen and kidney functions.

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Doses of Manjishtha:

Powder- 2-4 gm; Decoction- 50-100 ml

Some combinations of Manjishtha Powder in Ayurveda:

Maha manjishthadi kwatha; Manjishthadi arka

Best Recommended Uses of Manjishtha Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Cakradatta recommended Manjishtha Powder as an application to the brown spots of pityriasis vesicolor.
  • Sushruta recommended decoction of Manjishtha Powder and Chandana in Manjishtha meha (A metabolic disorder in which person passes brownish red urine).

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