Indian heliotrope

Indian heliotrope

The scientific name of Indian heliotrope: Heliotropium indicum 

Name of Indian heliotrope in different languages:

English: Scorpion tail plant

Malayalam: Nappacha-നാപ്പച്ച, Venappacha-വേനപ്പച്ച, Thekkida-തേക്കിട

Useful plant parts: Whole plant

Description of Indian heliotrope

Indian heliotrope (Heliotropium indicum ) is an annual herb, erect, and branched; grows up to 50 cm tall. leaves are simple, dark green, alternately arranged, oblong-ovate, and heart-shaped, It has a hairy round stem, flowers are white or bluish-white, in a green calyx; five stamens, borne in a corolla tube.

Medicinal uses: to remove warts, to treat tumors, and inflammations, analgesic for rheumatism pain, diuretic, and used for numerous skin problems like scabies, ulcers, etc.

Ayurveda Merdicinal Uses

Indian heliotrope, scientifically known as Heliotropium indicum, is a plant that has been traditionally used in various traditional medicinal systems, including Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani. It is native to Asia and is found in many parts of India.

Here are some of the reported medicinal uses of Indian heliotrope:

  1. Anti-inflammatory properties: Indian heliotrope is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used in traditional medicine to treat conditions associated with inflammation, such as arthritis.
  2. Digestive disorders: It is sometimes used to treat digestive disorders, including indigestion, constipation, and gastrointestinal discomfort. It is believed to have digestive stimulant properties.
  3. Respiratory conditions: In some traditional systems, the Indian heliotrope has been used to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and coughs. It may be used as an expectorant.
  4. Skin conditions: It is used topically in some traditional remedies for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and wounds. The leaves are sometimes crushed and applied as a poultice.
  5. Fever and malaria: In certain regions, Indian heliotrope has been used as a remedy for fever and malaria. It is believed to have febrifuge properties.
  6. Urinary disorders: Some traditional practices use Indian heliotrope to address urinary problems like urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
  7. Anti-diabetic properties: There is some research suggesting that extracts of Indian heliotrope may have potential anti-diabetic properties. However, more research is needed in this area.
  8. Anti-microbial activity: Some studies have indicated that Indian heliotrope extracts may possess antimicrobial properties against certain types of bacteria and fungi.
  9. Anti-cancer potential: There is ongoing research to explore the potential anti-cancer properties of compounds found in Indian heliotrope. However, it’s important to note that this is still an area of active investigation.

It’s crucial to remember that while Indian heliotrope has been used traditionally for various medicinal purposes, scientific research is ongoing to understand its efficacy and safety. Before using Indian heliotrope for any medical condition, it’s important to consult a qualified healthcare professional, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions or are taking medications. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation.

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