Indian pennywort

Scientific names: Ipomea Reniformis / Centella Asiatica

Name of Indian Pennywort in different languages:

English: Centella, Gotukola, Mouse-ear wort

Sanskrit: मण्डूकपर्णी (mandukaparni) means Rat’s ear.

Hindi: Brahmi booti

Malayalam: മുത്തിൾ -muththil, Kudangal-കുടങ്ങൽ, Mandookaparni- മണ്ഡൂകപർണി

Plant description:

Centella Asiatica or Indian pennywort is a slender, herbaceous, perennial creeper, that grows in tropical wet areas. The leaves are pale green, kidney-shaped or round, smooth and long-stalked, glabrous, around 2 to 5 cm in diameter, the stems are slender, green to brownish-green in color, flowers are small and white or pinkish in color, born in small, rounded umbels, below 3 mm in size.


Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Round Margin-sinuate Venation-palmate

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Medicinal uses:

It is used in the treatments of  hepatitis B, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, Skin disorders, and urological disorders, to increase memory power, and intelligence, it can control Vata disorders, relieve gastric ulcers, phlebitis

Chemical content:

Pentacyclic Triterpenoids, Asiaticoside, Brahmoside, Acetic Acid.

Ayurveda Medicinal Uses

  1. Brain Health: Indian Pennywort is believed to support cognitive function, memory, and mental clarity.
  2. Wound Healing: It may aid in wound healing and reduce inflammation, making it beneficial for skin conditions.
  3. Anti-Anxiety: Some studies suggest it may have anxiolytic properties, potentially helping to reduce anxiety and stress.
  4. Anti-Inflammatory: Indian Pennywort is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which may benefit conditions like arthritis.
  5. Antioxidant Properties: It is rich in antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress and protect cells from damage.
  6. Circulatory Health: It is believed to support healthy blood circulation and cardiovascular function.
  7. Skin Health: Indian Pennywort is used in skincare for its potential to promote collagen production and improve skin elasticity.
  8. Detoxification: It is thought to support liver health and aid in detoxification processes in the body.

Always consult a healthcare professional or qualified practitioner before using Indian Pennywort or any other herb for medicinal purposes. They can provide guidance on proper dosage and usage based on individual health conditions.

How to prepare medicine:

It can be consumed as a curry.

Collect leaves and slice into small pieces and add some shallot, mix and, pour some lemon juice on it  and keep it for 10 minutes and consume, It is capable of increasing HB level

Indian Pennywort is used as an ingredient in Ayurveda medicines like:-

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