Indian Madder

The scientific name of Indian Madder: Rubia cordifolia Lin.

Name of Indian Madder in different languages:

English: Common madder

Sanskrit: Manjishtha, Manjishtham, Harini, Gauri, Rohini,  Rasayani, Tamramula, Bhandi, Lohita, Yashtika, Vijaya, Manjusha, Jvarahantri, Chadma.

Hindi: manchith मजित

Tamil: மஞ்சிட்டி

Malayalam: Manchatti മഞ്ചട്ടി

Plant description of Indian Madder:-

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.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oblong Margin-Entire Venation-parallel

Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

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.

Chemical content:


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.

Indian Madder is one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

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