English: Common madder
Sanskrit: Manjishtha, Manjishtham, Harini, Gauri, Rohini, Rasayani, Tamramula, Bhandi, Lohita, Yashtika, Vijaya, Manjusha, Jvarahantri, Chadma.
Hindi: manchith मजित
Malayalam: Manchatti മഞ്ചട്ടി
Indian Madder-Rubia cordifolia Lin. is a perennial climber herb, with tiny hooks at the leaves, grows up to 1.5 m in tall. The leaves are evergreen about 5 to 10 cm long and 2 to 3 cm wide, borne in whorls of 4 to 7 star-like in cross-section. The flowers are small, pale yellow, 5 mm across, with five petals, in dense racemes. The fruits are berries which is red to black in colour.
Useful plant parts:
Blood purifier, to purify the menses, increase urine, treat paralysis, and inflammation, anti-inflammatory, reduce excess heat from the blood, treat skin diseases, and menstrual problems, and increase the HB level in blood.
How to prepare medicines:
The decoction of root is used to increase HB, dried root powder mixed with rose water can be applied on the skin to treat skin to get smoothness, and this also can be used to reduce folding on the belly after delivery.
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