The Scientific name of Thumbai: Lucas aspera

Name of Thumbai in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Dronapushpi, Phale pushpa, Drona, Chitrapatrika

English: Thumbe

Hindi: Chota halkusa

Malayalam: Thumba തുമ്പ

Plant description:

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.

Leaf Arrangement


Shape-linear Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate
 Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, leaf, root.

Medicinal uses of

Thumbainasal 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 use in eye diseases, sinusitis and Tonsillitis

2.leaves of thumbai, small onion and little common salt each press well to get it’s  juice and apply on head before sunrise repeat this for three days.

3.Pressed leaves can inhale to get a releaf from common cold

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