Sanskrit: Dronapushpi, Phale pushpa, Drona, Chitrapatrika
Hindi: Chota halkusa
Malayalam: Thumba തുമ്പ
Thumbai (Lucas Aspera) is an annual plant that grows to 15 to 60 cm. tall. The leaves are obtuse, linearly lanceolate some time petiolate, petioles is 2.5 to 6 mm long, the epidermis is covered in a thick waxy cuticle, stem quadrangular, the stem is covered with a waxy cuticle. Flowers are white, small, auxiliary whorls; hairy and acute, fruit is 2.5 mm long, oblong and brown in colour.
Useful plant parts:
Whole plant, leaf, root.
Medicinal uses of
Thumbai: nasal congestion, coughing, cold, headache, fever, sinusitis, intestinal worms in children.
Chemical contents :
Alkaloids, glucoside, Insecticide, antifungal, prostaglandin inhibitory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antinociceptive and cytotoxic activities.
How to prepare medicines:
1. leaf juice can be used in eye diseases, sinusitis, and Tonsillitis
2. 3-4 leaves of thumbai, a small onion, and a little common salt each press well to get its juice and apply on the head before sunrise repeat this for three days.
3. Pressed leaves can be inhaled to get relief from the common cold
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