Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus) Benefits, Research, Medicines

Jyotishmati is an Ancient Ayurvedic herb, used for its immense health benefits. Its botanical name is Celastrus paniculatus Willd. It belongs to Celastraceae family.

Hindi name – Malkangani
English name – Staff tree
Malayalam name – Paluruvam

Sanskrit Synonyms: Tejasvini, Katabhi,
Paravatapadi – because its leaves look similar to pigeon’s foot
Kakandaki – fruit resembles egg of crow
kangunika, Peetataila – yields yellow coloured oil
Katavika – pungent taste

Classical categorization
Charaka Samhita – Shirovirechanopaga – group of herbs useful in Nasya treatment
Sushruta Samhita – Arkadi, Adhobhagahara, Shirovirechana
Vagbhata – Arkadi

Distribution: It is found in Punjab and Kashmir. It is usually found in places above 3000 feet height.

Medicinal qualities
Rasa (taste) – Katu – Pungent, Tikta – Bitter
Guna – quality – Teekshna – strong, piercing
Vipaka – it remains with pungent taste even after digestion.
Veerya – Hot potency
Prabhava – special medicinal effect – Medhya – improves intelligence.

Therapeutic effects:
Kapha sameerajit – It balances Vata and Kapha.
Ati Ushna – it is too hot in potency
Teekshna – It is very strong and pungent
Vamani – It may induce vomiting.
Vahniprada – It improves digestion
Buddhi prada – improves intelligence
Smrutiprada – improves memory.

Other health benefits:
Sara – relieves constipation
Vranahara – helps in quick wound healing
Visarpa hara – useful in herpes
Panduhara – useful in anemia and liver disorders.

Jyothishamti taila: is the oil extracted from its seeds. It is extensively used in skin diseases.

Research work:
Ethnomedical uses
Nootropic activity

Special medicines with Jyotishmati:
Jyotishmati oil – Used in treating leucoderma
Smriti Sagar Ras – used to improve memory and concentration, especially in elderly people.
Hartone capsules – A cardiac tonic

Jyotismati is used as ingredient in making Lohadi Rasayan, as per Charaka Samhita Chikitsasthana 1.3/15-23, wherein, iron leaves are heated to red hot and dipped in Jyotismati Ksharajala (Alkali, mixed with water)

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  1. sir u mention this herb for hair growth or kesh sanjana. what is the best mode of application, internal, external, nasya?

  2. Hi Sir ,thanks for the article ..when can we start jyotishmati oil for kids ?my daughter is 4 years old.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      No. Shankhapusphi syrup – 3 ml, mixed with 10 ml water, once a day after food for 2 months is a safer option.

  3. thank you sir ..i am concerned about the preservatives like parbens and sodium benzoate in syrups ..could i give 5 drops of fresh brahmi juice + 5 drops of fresh gotu kola juice instead?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  4. Chetan says:

    Sir my age is 38 and I am diabetic and BP patient. Can I use jyotismati for nasya treatment? I have come to know that it’s best for brain.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Nasya treatment can only be done under a doctor. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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