Rubia Cordifolia


Rubia CordifoliaIt is known by the name of Manjista or Chitravalli in Sanskrit. Commonly used names are Manjit or Majeeth in Hindi or Indian / Dyer’s Madde in English. As the name signifies, this herb is used in many Asian countries as a dye, for imparting shades of red, scarlet, brown and mauve to cotton and woolen fabrics. In India and some other countries, this herb is greatly used in skin care products and relieving skin ailments. It also helps in relieving urinary disorders.


It usually grows over other bushes or trees. A perennial climber, growing throughout India, is common throughout the lower hills of the Indian Himalayas in the north and the Western Ghats in the south up to an altitude of 3500m. The roots of this herb are very long, twisted and cylindrical with a thin red colored bark. The parts of this herb which are major used are dried roots and stem.


The roots of this herb are widely used as a tonic as well as loaded with astringent, de-obstruent and anti-inflammatory properties. Decoction for the same is used in severe diseases like paralysis, jaundice, dropsy and infections or obstructions of the urinary passage.

During inflammatory conditions of the chest and in rheumatism, the plant plays a significant role. It is also used in diseases like tuberculosis and intestinal ulcer.

Most of the Ayurvedic practitioners recommend this as a blood purifier for skin diseases and to improve the complexion. For animals, Rubia cordifolia is used in the management of liver fluke, dysentery, maggots, wounds and intestinal worms.


Rubia cordifolia inhibited the lip oxygenase enzyme pathway and the production of cumene hydroperoxides. The lip oxygenase pathway catalyses the production of various inflammatory mediators, such as the leukotrienes, which are involved in asthma, arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.

The plant has activity against allergies, t8 bacterial infection, t9 excessive bleeding20 and diabetic ulcer.


  • Cancer: Cancer is a deadly disease. Ayurvedic doctors used roots of this plant to relieve this disease. They dry the leaves and grind it to a powder.
  • Taken internally in capsule form, Rubia cordifolia reportedly eliminates abnormal vaginal discharges and regulates menstruation cycles.
  • Preparations that include derivatives of the flowering plant are also frequently used to relieve gouty arthritis, infections and urinary tract problems.
  • Proponents of Rubia cordifolia commonly use the preparation for diarrhea and dyspepsia. The antispasmodic properties of the plant may calm cramping and increased peristalsis commonly associated with a number of gastric disorders.
  • Ayurvedic practitioners commonly prescribe Rubia cordifolia as a skin management for acne, burns or eczema, along with a host of other dermatological conditions.


Till date, no adverse affects have been reported with the recommendation of this herb. According to the doctors, this herb is totally safe.


This herbal formulation contains Ghrit Kumari, CHirata, Pit Papda and Manjishta. Manjishta is sweet, astringent and successfully balances vata, pitta and kapha doshas. It acts like a blood purifier. Chirata is used to relieve several skin problems. It helps to reduce fever, indigestion, nausea and bloating. It protects the liver and the entire herb has therapeutic properties. It is helpful in reducing fevers. Ghrit Kumari is useful for relieving sunburns. It produces cooling effect. It is also helpful to relieve other skin diseases and radiation burns. It helps in the management of pimples, eczema and acne.

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