White leadwort

The Scientific name of White leadwort: is Plumbago zeylanica

Name of White leadwort in different languages:-

English: Plumbago, White leadwort, Ceylon Leadwort, Doctorbush

Sanskrit: Chitrak

Hindi: चित्रक Chitrak

Malayalam: Vellakoduveli വെള്ള കൊടുവേലി, Thubakoduveli തുമ്പക്കൊടുവേലി

Plant description of White leadwort:-

Plumbago zeylanica White leadwort or Chitrak is a shrub that spreads with stems, and grows up to 2.5 m long. The leaves are dark green, ovate; grow up to 12 cm long and 5 cm broad. The flowers are borne in a stalk, sized 6 to 25 cm long, and hairs with a sticky coating. Many small dark purple-coloured seeds contain capsules 4 to 5 mm long.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Elliptic Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Useful plant parts of White leadwort:


Medicinal uses:

Antimicrobial, Antiseptic properties, Antimicrobial, larvicidal (kill larvae of Aedes aegypti without any damage to fishes).

Ayurvedic uses of white leadwort:

  1. Digestive Disorders: White leadwort is believed to have digestive properties. It is used in Ayurveda to treat conditions like indigestion, flatulence, and abdominal pain.
  2. Respiratory Disorders: It is used in respiratory conditions like cough, asthma, and bronchitis. The root is often used in remedies for these purposes.
  3. Rheumatism and Arthritis: White leadwort is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used to alleviate symptoms associated with rheumatism and arthritis.
  4. Wound Healing: In Ayurvedic medicine, white leadwort is used externally as a paste or poultice to help heal wounds and injuries. It is believed to have antimicrobial properties that can aid in preventing infections.
  5. Skin Conditions: Due to its potential antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it is used in the treatment of certain skin disorders. However, it should be used cautiously as it contains certain compounds that can be toxic if ingested or applied improperly.
  6. Fever and Infections: It is used as an antipyretic (fever-reducing) agent and is believed to have properties that help in fighting infections.
  7. Hemorrhoids: White leadwort is used in some Ayurvedic formulations to alleviate the discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.
  8. Menstrual Disorders: Some traditional Ayurvedic remedies use white leadwort for managing menstrual irregularities and associated discomfort.
  9. Anti-inflammatory: It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and is used in conditions where inflammation is a prominent feature.
  10. Nervine Tonic: In some traditional formulations, it is used as a nervine tonic, which means it is thought to have a calming or strengthening effect on the nervous system.

It is important to note that while white leadwort has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, it contains certain compounds that can be toxic if not used properly. The use of white leadwort in any form should be under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about traditional herbal medicine.

As with any herbal remedy, it’s crucial to exercise caution and consult a healthcare practitioner before using it, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.

Chemical content: 

Hexane, Methanol

How to prepare medicines: 

Plant extracts mix in water to kill larvae of Aedes aegypti

White leadwort is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

Abhraloha Tablets  Eladi ghritam  Panchakola Choornam 
Agnimukh Choornam  Em Gesta Tablets  Panchakola Ghrita
Aragwadhadi Ghrita  Hinguvachadi Choornam   Panchatikta Guggulu Ghrita
Aragwadharishtam  Indukantam Ghritam   Parpatakarishtam 
Arkadi Kashayam  Indukantam Kashayam Pippallyasavam 
Arshen Tablets  Kankayan Vati  Pippalyadi Tailam 
Bala Thailam Karanja Thailam   Prabhanjana Vimardanam Tailam
Bhuktanjari Gulika Kasisadi Thailam  Prasarani Kuzhambu   
Brahmi Drakshadi Kashayam Keshamrith Tailam  Punarnavadi mandur
Brihat Dashamoola Tailam   Kiratarishtam  Roheethakarishtam 
Brihat marichadi Tailam  Kubja Prasarini Tailam  Sarvamayantaka Ghritam
Changeri Ghrita Kumaryasavam  Shaddarana Choornam 
Chavikasavam  Lodhrasavam  Shiva Gulika 
Chitrakadi Thailam  Madhookasavam  Spaskin Tablets
Chitrakadi Vati  Mahapanchagavya Ghritam Suran vatak 
Dadimati gritha  Maha Vishagarbha Tailam  Taramandura Guda 
Dasamoolapanchakoladi kahsayam  Mandoora Vatakam  Vyoshadi Vatakam  
Dasamoolarishtam  Mustharishtam  Yakrut Shula Vinashini Vatika
Dashamoola Shatpala Ghrita Narasimha Rasayana  Yogaraja Choornam 
Dhadhika Gritha  Navayasa Choornam   

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