Aquatic Rotula

The Scientific name of Aquatic Rotula: Rotula Aquatica

Name in different languages:-

Malayalam: Kallorvanchi- കല്ലൂർവഞ്ചി

Hindi: पाषाणभेद Pashanabhed

Sanskrit:  मूत्रल Mutrala, पाषाणभेदः Pashanabhedah

Tamil: செப்புநெரிஞ்சி Ceppunerinji

Plant Description of Aquatic Rotula

Aquatic rotula is native to India,  branching, under shrub usually grows up to 2 m tall with numerous short lateral arrested branchlets often rooting, aromatic, pinkish, and glabrous, mostly found in the rocky riverbeds. Leaves are arranged alternately, or clusters, oblong to obovate or linear-oblong, entire or shallowly toothed, glabrescent or sparsed scabrous, ciliate along the margins, cuneate at base, obtuse or shortly apiculate at apex; petioles 0.3 cm long, greenish, sized up to 2 cm long and 0.5 cm wide, oblong, obtuse.

Flowers pink or purplish, solitary in terminal or axillary branches,  in few-flowered racemes. Stamens 5, exserted at the base of the corolla tube, with filaments up to 0.3 cm long and oblong-ovate anthers almost 0.2 cm in length. Fruits are subglobose, orange-red drupes. Seeds oblong, albuminous.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Elliptic Margin-Entire Venation-reticulate

Useful plant parts:

Tuberous root

Medicinal uses:

It is used in traditional medicine for kidney and bladder stones, the root of the plant tubers are useful in treating coughs, fever, poisonings heart diseases, blood disorders, and ulcers.

Ayurvedic uses of Aquatic Rotula

  1. Diuretic Properties: It is believed to have diuretic properties, which may help increase urine production and promote kidney function. This can be useful in conditions where fluid retention is a concern.
  2. Urinary Disorders: Aquatic Rotula is used in Ayurveda to address urinary problems, including urinary tract infections and urinary stones.
  3. Anti-inflammatory: It is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be used to alleviate inflammation in various parts of the body.
  4. Rheumatism and Arthritis: Traditionally, it has been used to manage rheumatic and arthritic conditions involving inflammation and joint pain.
  5. Digestive Health: It is believed to aid in digestion and is sometimes used to treat digestive disorders.
  6. Menstrual Disorders: In some Ayurvedic formulations, Aquatic Rotula is used to regulate menstrual cycles and manage menstrual disorders.
  7. Respiratory Conditions: It may be used in Ayurvedic remedies for respiratory issues like coughs and bronchitis.
  8. Fever Management: Some practitioners of Ayurveda use Aquatic Rotula to help reduce fever.
  9. Wound Healing: It is believed to have wound-healing properties and may be applied externally to promote the healing of cuts and wounds.
  10. Aphrodisiac: In certain traditional formulations, Aquatic Rotula is used as an aphrodisiac to enhance sexual vitality.
  11. General Tonic: It may be used as a general tonic to promote overall health and well-being.
  12. Liver Disorders: Some practitioners believe that Aquatic Rotula may have hepatoprotective properties, which means it may help protect and support the liver.

Chemical content: 

Flavonoids, Alkaloids, Phenolic compounds, Amino acids, Proteins etc.

Medicinal properties:

The roots are bitter, astringent, cooling, diuretic, antirheumatic, and laxative.

How to prepare medicines:

The root decoction is useful in the treatment of bladder stones and sexually transmitted ailments.

Used as an ingredient in the preparation of Ayurvedic medicines like:

Pushyanugam Gulika

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