Mandukaparni is a medicinal herb with glabrous leaves. The herb is native to India and is found in different parts of the country, mostly in fallow lands, wet and shady areas. Besides India, the Mandukaparni herb is also found in China, Sri Lanka, and southwest Asian regions.
The botanical name of Mandukaparni is (Centella asiatica). It belongs to the Umbelliferae family. Mandukaparni is called Gotu Kola, Spade Leaf or Indian Pennywort in English; and Manduki, Saraswati, and Twasti in Sanskrit.
The Mandukaparni herb is used widely in several Ayurvedic preparations and traditional Chinese medicines as it is believed to be an excellent tonic for the brain. The parts of Mandukaparni herb which are generally used for medicinal purposes are mostly the leaves of the plant, and the whole plant can’t be ignored.
The biochemical components of the Mandukaparni herb include heteroside, saponoside, asiaticoside, triterpene acids, vitamin C, resin, terpenoids, pectic acid, betulic acid, vellarin, brahmocide, brahminocide, brahmic acid, and isobrahmic acid.
Mandukaparni herb has proven abilities to cure mental ailments, skin disorders, and digestive problems. Some of the most important properties of the Mandukaparni herb are anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, detoxifier, adaptogen, analgesic, nervine, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, sedative, tranquilizing, blood-purifier, diuretic, laxative, emmenagogue, and restorative properties.
|S. No.||Herb Used||Latin Name||Part Used||QTY|
|1.||Mandukaparni||Centella asiatica||Whole Plant||100 gm|
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MANDUKAPARNI CHURNA
The diverse properties of Mandukaparni give the herb the ability to improve the overall health and well-being of individuals. Mandukaparni Churna is an extremely useful herbal product, which can offer the numerous health benefits of the herb to people suffering from various disorders and health conditions.
The most noteworthy health benefits of Mandukaparni Churna are:
1. Ability To Boost Cognitive Function
One of the most prominent properties of Mandukaparni is that it has a nourishing impact on the nervous tissue. The herb can boost cognitive function, especially in older adults and people who have suffered a stroke.The use of Mandukaparni Churna is very effective in improving memory and learning capabilities.
2. Managing Alzheimer’s Disease
The ability of the Mandukaparni herb to improve the nerve function can be very useful as a potential treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The behavioral abnormalities in Alzheimer’s patients can be positively managed with the help of Mandukaparni Churna, which protects brain cells from toxicity and plaque formation linked to the disease.
3. Reducing Swelling By Improving Blood Circulation
Problems such as ankle swelling and fluid retention can be effectively managed by using the Mandukaparni herb. Regular intake of Mandukaparni Churna can improve blood circulation and provide relief in varicose veins because of the positive metabolic effect of Mandukaparni on the connective tissue of the vascular wall.
4. Lowering Stress And Anxiety Levels
The anti-anxiety impact of Mandukaparni can lower the levels of stress and anxiety, especially when they are associated with sleep deprivation. People affected by sleep disorders and resultant stress/anxiety can benefit from the use of Mandukaparni Churna, and experience less oxidative damage, and improved locomotor activity.
5. Managing Chronic Depression
Mandukaparni is considered an effective anti-depressant medication, which can help people suffering from chronic depression of anxiety disorder. The use of Mandukaparni Churna is beneficial in managing certain elements of behavioral depression, like heart rate, body weight, and body temperature.
6. Promoting The Healing Of Wounds
Research has shown that Mandukaparni can have a healing effect on different types of wounds. The use of Mandukaparni Churna can promote the healing of wounds like clean cuts made with sharp objects, or tearing of the skin due to blunt-force trauma.
7. Detoxifying Effect On Liver And Kidneys
Mandukaparni has properties to manage liver and kidney toxicity, and also treat hyperacidity. Because of the detoxifying effect of Mandukaparni, the churna prepared from the herb can ensure that the toxicity in the liver and kidneys is reduced to normal levels.
8. Reducing The Appearance Of Stretch Marks
The visibility of stretch marks on the skin, especially after pregnancy, can be reduced by using Mandukaparni Churna. The presence of terpenoids in the Mandukaparni herb can boost the production of collagen in the body, because of which the existing marks fade away, and the appearance of new marks is prevented.
9. Managing Arthritis And Joint Pains
The anti-inflammatory properties of Mandukaparni are extremely beneficial for Arthritis patients. The use of Mandukaparni Churna can reduce joint pain and joint inflammation, and check the erosion of bones and cartilages.
Apart from the above-mentioned health benefits, Mandukaparni Churna can also effectively manage some other health conditions such as:
- Dysuria, burning/painful urination
- Hair problems like hair loss and premature graying of hair
- Urinary tract infection (UTI).
MANDUKAPARNI AND AYURVEDA
In Ayurveda, the Mandukaparni herb is largely used as a ‘Medhya Rasayana.’
According to Ayurveda, Mandukaparni has the ability to enhance memory, intelligence, and speech. The use of the herb is particularly beneficial in promoting cognitive function, overcoming mental confusion, inducing sleep, and supporting better thinking capabilities. The herb can also reduce swelling, improve blood circulation, and support the healing of wounds.
Mandukaparni is a bitter,cooling herb. The medicinal properties of the herb have been described in ancient Ayurvedic texts as follows: It has a Tikta (Bitter) taste; and a Kasaya (Astringent) after taste. The Guna (Main quality) of the herb is Laghu (Light to digest); and its Virya (Potency) is Sheeta (Cold). The Prabhava (Action) of the herb is Nootropic and Neuroprotective.
The Dosha Karma (Effect on humor) of the Mandukaparni herb is that it can pacify Pitta dosha and Kaphadosha.
- Product Type: Herbal powder
- Product Quantity (in grams): 100 grams.
Mandukaparni Churna is 100% natural herbal formulation. The preparation of this herbal powder does not involve the use of any chemicals, preservatives, starch, yeast, artificial colors, binder, fillers, or additives.
1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after the meals Or As directed by the physician.
CONTRAINDICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Excessive use of Mandukaparni Churna may have certain side-effects like headache, itching, redness of skin, giddiness, and hallucination. In some cases, the product may interact with other medications used for managing blood pressure, cholesterol, or depression.Mandukaparni can also affect the menstrual cycle in females.
The use of Mandukaparni Churna should be avoided by:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding mothers
- People, particularly children, suffering from epilepsy
- People suffering from Hepatitis or other liver diseases
- People who have a history of cancer
- People who are scheduled to undergo any kind of surgery.