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Welcome to Ayurvda.MD’s medicinal plant page.

The profiles assume the reader is familiar with the concepts of rasa, virya, vipaka, guna, and dosha. If necessary, please refer to any text on Ayurveda for an explanation of these terms. A complete commentary on these terms and the basic premises of Ayurvedic pharmacology (dravyaguna) will appear here soon. Complete and updated profiles on many of these herbal medicines from the Ayurvedic materia medica will continue to be published here free of charge as data becomes available. We regularly receive reports of clinical investigations but peer review the methodolology, design, and results of each study before referencing it here. Profiles similar to the ones on this page of many of the herbs listed, and some not yet listed, are available for educational purposes. You may receive this information by mail, fax, or email. $6.50/profile.

Latin Name Sanskrit Name Main Indications in Ayurveda
Acorus calamus Vacha nervine, antispasmatic, sedative, stomachic, expectorant, emetic, laxative, diuretic
Artemesia absinthium Indhana anthelminthic
Artemisia vulgaris Nagadamni anthelminthic, expectorant
Asparagus racemosus Shatavari galactogogic, antispasmodic, antidiarrhetic, demulcent
Azadirachta indica Neem, Arishta skin disease, blood disease, antibacterial
Bacopa monnieri Brahmi nervine tonic, diuretic, sedative
Boerhavia diffusa Punarnava diuretic, expectorant, laxative
Boswellia serrata Shallaki antiarthritic, analgesic, antiinflammatory
Buchanania lazan Piyala skin disease, laxative
Butea monosperma Palasa diarrhea, flatulence, anthelminthic
Callicarpa macrophylla Pringu joint pain, skin disease, blooddisease
Calotropis gigantea Alarka bronchitis, diarrhea, tonic, cancer (?)
Cannabis indica Bhanga insomnia, cachexia, dysmenorrhea
Capiscum annum Katuvira rubefacient, stimulant, tonic
Carum carvi Krishnajira flatulence, stomachic
Carum copticum Yamani, Ajowan spastic bowel, flatulence, dyspepsia
Cassia angustifolia Markandika constipation, liver disease, joint pain
Cassia fistula Argbhada ringworm, constipation, fever, antibacterial
Cedrus deodara Devadaru fever, diarrhea, urinary disorders
Centella asiatica Mandukaparni tonic, sedative, alterative, anxiolytic
Cichorium intybus Kasni emmenogogue, digestive
Cinnamomum camphora Karpoor diarrhea, nervousness, muscular pain, fever
Crocus sativus Kumkuma nervine sedative, emmenogogue, aphrodisiac
Cinnamomum zeylanicum Twak dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhea, menorrhagia
Cissampelos pareira Laghu Patha spastic bowel, uterine prolapse,alterative
Clitoria ternatea Aparajita constipation, edema, anthelminthic,demulcent
Cocos nucifera Narikela fever, pharyngitis, skin disorders, alterative
Coleus aromaticus Pashanbheda kidney stones, conjunctivits, spastic colon
Cordia myxa (obliqua) Shleshmataka expectorant, colic, dyspepsia, ulcers, cough
Coriandrum sativum Dhanyaka flatulence, colic, joint pain, antiseptic
Crinum deflexum (asiaticum) Sudarshan emetic, inflammatory conditions
Cuminum cyminum Jeeraka diarrhea, dyspepsia, antiseptic,hookworm
Curculigo orchiodes Talamulika hemmorrhoids, asthma, kidney stones, skin
Curcuma longa Haridra arthritic pain, antiinflammatory, skin disease
Curcuma zedoaria Shati cough, asthma, leukorrhea, tonsillitis
Cynodon dactylon Doorwa diuretic, styptic, hematuria, hemmorrhoids
Cyperus rotundus Mustaka antiinflammatory, flatulence, fever, estrogenic
Datura metal Dattura antispasmodic, jointpain, asthma , dysmenorrhea
Daucus carota Garijara blood purifier, nervine tonic, jaundice
Dolichos biflorus Kulitha edema, kidney stone, asthma, dysmenorrhea, tumors
Eclipta Alba Bhringaraj hepatic deobstruent and tonic, alterative, emetic, purgative, antiseptic, antiviral
Elettaria cardamomum Ela Chhoti bronchitis, flatulence, dyspepsia, hemorrhoids
Emblica officinalis Amalaki fruit: cooling, laxative, stomachic, tonic, diuretic
Evolvulus alsinoides Shankapushpi anxiety, diarrhea, bronchitis, memory loss, fever
Ferula foetida Hingu flatulence, cough, constipation, palpitations,aphrodisia
Ficus religiosa Aswatha ulcers, skin disease, diabetes, constipation
Ficus racemosa Udumbara diarrhea, hemorrhoids, bleeding disorders, antiseptic
Foeniculum vulgare Satupuspa cough, flatulence, dysmenorrhea, hookworm, edema
Grewia hirsuta Nagbala diarrhea, wounds, heart disease, fever
Gmelina arborea Gambhari general tonic, to increase strength, antiviral, indigestion
Gymnema sylvestre Meshasringa diuretic, astringent, hypoglycemic, refrigerant, stomachic
Hemidesmus indicus Sariva excellent alterative, to increase appetite, cough, skin
Holarrhena antidysenterica Kutaja diarrhea, dysentery, amebiasis, anthelminthic
Hyoscyamus niger Yavani chronic dementia, hysteria, palpitations, asthma, sedative
Hyssopus officinalis Zupha cough, asthma, bronchitis, amenorrhea
Ipomoea digitata Vidari cough, hoarseness, respiratory stimulant, tonic
Justicia adhatoda Vasaka bronchitis, asthma, jaundice, antispasmodic
Linum usitatissimum Uma cystitis, bronchitis, boils, expectorant, demulcent
Luffa acutangula Koshataki splenomegaly, emetic, excellent for skin disease, expectorant
Madhuca longifolia Madhuca tonsillitis, cough, rheumatic joints, diabetes, appetizer
Michelia champaca Champaka gastritis, chronic arthritis (?), emmenagogue, diuretic, colic
Mimosa pudica Lajjalu menorrhagia, hemorrhoids,skin wounds, diarrhea
Mimusops elengi Bakula tonic, cardiotonic, urogenital disease, snakebite, skin sores
Morinda citrofolia Ach acne, eczema, hyperlipidemia,brochitis, diarrhea
Moringa oleifera Sigru source of vitamin C, colds, boils, fever, joint pain, gout
Mucuna pruriens Kapikachchha nervine tonic, aphrodisiac, parkinsonism, hypercholesterolemia
Nardostachys jatamansi Jatamansi nervousness, anxiety, dysmenorrhea, insomnia, hair tonic
Nelumbo nucifera Parijata refrigerant, sedative, demulcent
Nyctanthes arbor-tristis Parijata liver diseases, constipation, anthelminthic, antihistaminic
Ocimum sanctum Tulasi demulcent, expectorant, anticatarrhal, antispasmodic, anthelminthic
Paederia foetida Prasarini rheumatic joint pain, edema, bladderstones(?),inflammation
Papaver somniferum Ahiphenam anxiety, diarrhea, aphrodisiac, sedative
Peucedanum graveolens Satapushpi flatulence, colic, abscesses, digestive
Phyllanthus fraternus Bhumiamalaki jaundice, liver disease, fever, genitourinary disease, edema
Picrorhiza kurroa Katuki hepatitis, asthma, anorexia
Piper longum Pippali digestion, weakness, pharyngitis, headache, constipation
Piper nigrum Maricha dyspepsia, cough, pharyngitis, headache, diarrhea
Plantago ovata Isaphgol constipation, colitis, irritible bowel, cystitis
Plumbago zeylanica Chitraka abortifacient, warts, rheumatic joint pain
Premna integrifolia Agnimantha flatulence, fever, arthritis, liver deobstruent
Prunus amygdalus Badama mental energy, general tonic esp. nerve & kidney, semen,
Pterocarpus santalinus Rakta Chandana skin tonic, liver disorders, fever
Punica granatum Dadima anthelminthic (esp. tapeworm), diarrhea, dyspepsia
Randia dumentorium Madana fruit and rind are emetic, diaphoretic, and antispasmodic; bark is sedative and nervine calmative.
Rauwolfia Serpentina Sarpagandha hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, colic