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manjishtha

Effective in skin pigmentation disorders

Manjishtha (Indian Madder/Rubia cordifolia) is helpful in skin conditions like uneven pigmentation and eczema.

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends the use of the dried stem of Manjishtha in blood, skin and urogenital disorders, dysentery, piles, ulcers, inflammation, erysipelas, skin diseases and rheumatism. The roots, leaves and seeds of the herb are beneficial for amenorrhea, liver diseases and gall bladder and spleen ailments.

The climbing rugose vine with reddish roots is found in the Himalayas and in hill stations across India.

Active constituents:

The roots are rich in anthraquinones and approximately 20 glycosides. The key components include purpurin (trihydroxy anthraquinone), munjistin (xanthopurpurin-2-carboxylic acid), peudopurpurin (purpurin-3-carboxylic acid) and free alizarin as well as its glucoside. These compounds impart antibacterial, expectorant and diuretic properties to the herb. Antitumor cyclic hexapeptides have also been isolated from the root.

Herb functions:

Gastrointestinal: Manjishtha is beneficial in gastrointestinal ailments like loss of appetite, dyspepsia and worm infestations.

Skin disorders: The herb is an effective blood detoxifier that helps in the management of skin disorders such as skin hyperpigmentation, eczema, acne, scabies and skin allergies. Studies have shown that Manjishtha extract reduces hyperproliferation of epidermal skin cells and modulates the aberrant keratinocyte-differentiating activity commonly seen in psoriasis.

Anti-inflammatory: Manjishtha extract reduces inflammation and has analgesic properties which help in treating joint inflammation.

Urinary tract infections: Recurrent urinary tract infections can be healed by the diuretic and antibacterial properties of Manjishtha.

Indications:

  • Skin disorders
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Rheumatism
  • Melasma
  • Age spots
  • Pimples
  • Itching

Contraindications:

None

Recommended dose:

One capsule, twice a day or as directed by your physician

Composition

Each capsule contains 250mg extract of Manjishtha

Note: Since Himalaya’s Pure Herbs are in capsule form, some children below 14 years may find it difficult to swallow them. For this reason, Pure Herbs are recommended for children ages 14 and above.

The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat your problem without consulting your doctor.