Manjistha Home Remedies: Pimples, Summer Boils, Dark Spots

By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Indian madder or Manjeeth is used in textile industry as a natural red coloring agent. It is used in processing arecanut, so as to increase the astringent taste of the supari-betel nut and to increase the shelf life.  

It is an Ayurvedic medicine, used extensively in the treatment of skin disorders such as eczema and dermatitis. Rubia cordifolia Linn is its botanical name and it belongs to Rubiaceae family. The plant is categorized under the group of Varnya- which enhances the skin complexion, as per Acharya Charaka.

This plant is known for its blood purifying nature, complexion enhancing effect, healing properties and to stimulate the liver and spleen. In Chinese medicine also it is used as an anti toxic herb.

The stem and roots are the used part. In practice whole plant is used now a days.
It balances Kapha and Pitta Dosha. It possesses bitter and astringent tastes.
It is hot in potency.

The plant contains yellow gencoside, mangistin, garancin, algerin, zenthgin, salt contents and rich amount of starch.
Read related: Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia – benefits, usage, Dose, Side Effects

Manjishthadi kashaya, Mahamanjisthadi kashaya, Manjisthadi taila, Pinda taila, Manjishthadya ghrita, Manjishthadi arka are the well known classical recipes of this herb.
Few important simple remedies and their health benefits are listed below:

1. Manjishtha fine paste for pimples and dark spots:
Manjista stem or roots fine powder is rubbed well with water and applied over the skin lesions of pimples and dark spots. It is a natural complexion enhancer. (Fresh roots can be used for this purpose)

2. Manjistha decoction in washing the chronic ulcers:
Manistha decoction is made and used to wash the wounds in case of chronic wounds, non healing ulcers etc. In bite wounds, this is used by the folk healers.

General method of decoction preparation is –
1 tablespoon (10 grams) fo coarse powder of the herb is added with 2 cups of water. Boiled in open air till the total content is reduced to 1 cup. This is filtered and used.

3. Manjishta cold infusion in blisters and summer boils:
20-30 gram of coarse powder  is soaked in 200-300 ml of water and kept over night. This is macerated well and taken early morning. In burning of the body (summer season and in menopausal period), blisters and boils this is very effective.

4. Manjishtha and Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus) dcecoction in skin diseases:
Both these herbs are well known blood purifiers. Their combination if made into decoction and taken it cures several skin diseases very effectively.

5. Manjistha herbal ghee and oil for burns:
Manjista, Teak wood tender leaves and red sandal wood are taken in equal quantity and ghee or oil is processed as per the classical method of cooking the oil/ghee. This oil or ghee is used to apply over the burns and scalds. It pacifies burning, pain and reduces the chances of boils and there after caused skin discoloration.

Classical ayurvedic literatures refer few of the health benefits of a herb by virtue of its Rasa-Guna-Veerya-Vipaka-Prabhava etc. Advancements in the techniques and technology, various forms of therapeutic applications, modified dosage forms, synthesizing the chemical molecules from the herbal resources may yield further more usable chemical constituents.

Manjishtha is an herb which I personally believe that confident products can be derived and the chemical salts of this herb can be used in treatment of diseases of circulatory system and metabolism related disorders.
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