Blue Leadwort

The scientific name of Blue Leadwort: Plumbago cadences

Name of Blue Leadwort in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Chitraka, Agni, Dahana

Hindi: Chita

Malayalam: Koduveli, Neelakkoduveli

Plant description:

Blue Leadwort -Plumbago Capencis is a perennial shrub, found in tropical areas, forest areas, Western Ghats, grows to 1.5 meters, Leaves are simple, alternate, or sometimes whorl, oblong, lanceolate, and acute apex; the stem is semi-woody-and-numerous-branches-. Flowers are blue, borne in clusters at the branch end.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, root.

Leaf Arrangement


Shape-Elliptic Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Medicinal uses:

Anti-ulcer, anti-fungal, Antioxidant, to treat warts, broken bones, headaches, fever, acidity, piles, epilepsy, jaundice, and sake byte treatments.

Blue Leadwort, scientifically known as Plumbago zeylanica, is a perennial herb native to Asia, including India. In Ayurveda, Blue Leadwort, commonly known as Chitraka, is valued for its medicinal properties. It has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine for various therapeutic purposes. Here are some of the Ayurvedic uses of Blue Leadwort:

1. Digestive Disorders: Chitraka is believed to stimulate digestion and can be used to treat digestive disorders like indigestion, flatulence, and abdominal pain.

2. Respiratory Conditions: It is used in Ayurveda to treat respiratory conditions like cough, bronchitis, and asthma. It is thought to help clear mucus from the respiratory tract.

3. Rheumatism and Arthritis: Chitraka is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used in Ayurvedic formulations to alleviate symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis.

4. Skin Conditions: It is used topically for various skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and other inflammatory skin disorders. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help soothe irritated skin.

5. Weight Management: Chitraka is believed to have properties that can help in weight management. It is thought to stimulate the digestive fire (Agni) which may aid in metabolism.

6. Detoxification: In Ayurvedic medicine, Blue Leadwort is used as a detoxifying agent. It is believed to help cleanse the body of toxins.

7. Hemorrhoids: It is used traditionally to treat hemorrhoids. The anti-inflammatory and astringent properties of Chitraka may help in reducing swelling and discomfort.

8. Liver Disorders: It is thought to support liver health and is used in Ayurvedic formulations for liver disorders.

9. Anti-parasitic: Chitraka is traditionally used as an anti-parasitic agent, particularly for intestinal worms.

10. Menstrual Disorders: It is believed to have properties that can help regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate menstrual pain.

11. Fever and Infections: Chitraka is used in Ayurvedic medicine for its potential febrifuge properties, which may help reduce fever.

12. Wound Healing: In some traditional practices, Blue Leadwort is used topically for its potential to promote wound healing.

Chemical Contents:

Naphthoquinones plumbagin and epi-isoshinanolone, steroids- sitosterol and glucosyl sitosterol and palmitic acids.

Three types of leadworts

Blue Leadwort Red Leadwort White Leadwort


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