Botanical Name : Plumbago Zeylanica
Family : Plumbaginaceae
Sanskrit Name : Chithraka , Agni , Dahan
English Name : Leadwort
It is a plant that grows all over the year , grows up
to 3 – 6 feet height.
Leaves: Dark green in colour , ovate in shape , 2 – 3’ in length.
Parts used: Moola ( root )
Origin: South east Asia & in Madhya Pradesh.
Plumbago Zeylanica – White
Plumbago Rosea – Red
P. Capensis Thunk – Blue
White variety is used for medicinal purposes.
The drug is carminative , digestive , useful in haemorrhoids anti inflammatory & anti colic.
For leukoderma , it is administered with cow’s urine.
Useful in intestinal worm infestation.
Absorbs excess moisture from abdomen.
Used in the treatment of amenorrhoea.
Red variety of chithraka is sthulya kayakara because it improves appetite & gains weight.
Ras : Katu
Guna : Laghu , Tikshna ( Penetrates very fast )
Virya : Ushna
Dosha: It pacifies kapha & vata. It also act as tridoshaghana.
Indigestion , deepana , pachana.
Liver tonic enhances liver metabolism.
Highly beneficial in obesity , it helps in flushing out the toxins.
Used in skin diseases & curing leprosy.
Used in diarrhoea.
Its a renowned rasayana
Helps in lowering the cholesterol level
Helps in healing wounds.
It’s not safe during pregnancy.
It may cause or worsen heavy periods.
In higher dose , it causes burning sensation , worsening of gastritis may cause neuropathy.