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Health Benefits of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) And Its Side Effects

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2020

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In ayurvedic medicine, Manjistha is a blood purifying herb. It cools and detoxifies the blood, removes stagnant blood, and dissolves obstructions in the blood flow. Manjistha also helps protect gums from receding. It is also believed to have astringent and anti-oxidant properties.

Scientific studies have shown that it regulates blood pressure, blood vessel constriction, and helps protect from blood clot formation. Manjistha can also be used to treat uric acid and arthritis. Combined with other products, it can treat urinary infections, diarrhea, dysentery, and chronic fevers.

Manjistha can be used to treat irregular menstruation. This herb can be used both internally and externally to bring luster to your skin and make it glow. Manjistha also helps removes pimples, freckles, other discolorations, and promotes the healing of skin tissues damaged by injury or infection.

What is Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia)?

Manjistha is a branched climber that has bristles. The stem is slender and four angled. The flowers are very small, greenish white and arranged in a branched cluster.

Interesting Facts: Manjishtha is scientifically known as Rubia cordifolia.

The fruit is round and fleshy. It grows up to 1.5m in height and has perennial leaves. The Manjistha roots have brownish red bark and are used to produce a red dye. The parts of the herb that are beneficial to us are stems and roots.

Nutritional Value of Manjishtha

Manjistha is rich in nutrients. Its principal constituents are purpurin, munjistin, xanthopurpurin and pseudopurpurin.

Health Benefits of Manjistha

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Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Manjistha. This ayurvedic herb can be used for different purposes, manjistha powder offers various health benefit, it can be used for skincare, skin whiteing procedure and melasma . Manjistha powder also used for grey hair problem and hair loss issues.

Manjistha acts as blood purifier

This is the primary function of manjistha herb is the purification of blood. Purified blood is necessary to have good skin and hair. Manjistha is a great blood purifier. It cleanses the blood and removes all toxins from it. Symptoms of skin diseases are effectively tackled by manjistha. It also boosts immunity levels

Manjishtha Promotes Healing of injury

Manjistha is an ayurvedic medicine benefit which incur cuts and bruises on our body whereby skin tissues get damaged. Manjistha promotes the healing of skin tissues damaged by injury or infection.

Manjishtha treats calcium deficiency

Calcium is required in order to have strong bones and teeth. A decoction of manjistha is helpful in treating rickets and calcium deficiency.

Manjistha skin benefits

Manjistha is a blood purifier and hence it can provide relief from various skin diseases. It relieves itching eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and herpes.

Imporat herb manjistha, used in skin pigmentation or skin whiteing treatment. It offers antibacterial and antioxidant properties to skin which help in skin infection, skin complexion and acne problem.

Manjistha relieves menstrual pain

Some women experience excruciating pain during their menstrual cycle. Manjistha powder is beneficial during painful menstruation and post natal ailments that affect the uterus.

Manjistha removes gall bladder stones

Manjistha herb cleans and regulates the pancreas, spleen, liver, and kidneys. All of these organs have a role in digestion and cleansing of the body. By regulating these organs, manjistha indirectly promotes proper digestion and a clean bodily system.

Manjistha for diabetic neuropathy

People suffering from diabetes sometimes develop ulcers in the leg. This is a debilitating condition and should be treated as soon as they start appearing. Manjistha has the capability to heal diabetic ulcers. It can be consumed in the form of capsules or decoction.

Manjishtha destroys tumors

Cancers are unfortunately becoming common. What is most frustrating about cancer is that there is no known cure for it. Manjistha can destroy both malignant and benign tumors.

Manjishtha detoxifies your body

Manjistha tablet is a very useful herb for people who are in the habit of eating toxic diet or are suffering from toxic emotions or people who are in the process of detoxifying their bodies. It is a wonderful support to the immune system since it eliminates toxins that could become overwhelming to it and increase blockages in the body.

Uses of Manjistha

There are no known alternative uses of manjistha.


Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) Side-Effects

Despite the myriad of health benefits it has, manjistha is not devoid of side effects. It should be avoided during pregnancy. The chemicals present in manjistha may cause cancer. Consuming it can change the colour of urine, perspiration, tears and breast milk.

Cultivation of Manjishtha

Manjistha has been used in Indian medicine since centuries as a beauty treatment. Manjistha is an effective blood purifier and so has the ability to give glowing skin.The plant grows well in sub-tropical climates and prefers moist soil. It is mostly cultivated in the foots of the himalayas.


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    Written ByDrx Hina FirdousPhD (Pharmacology) Pursuing, M.Pharma (Pharmacology), B.Pharma - Certificate in Nutrition and Child CarePharmacology
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    Reviewed ByDt. Ms. Shilpa MarwahB.Sc (Home Science), Post Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health NutritionDietitian/Nutritionist

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