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  • Majith – Manjistha – Indian Madder – Rubia cordifolia

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    Manjistha is classified as a bitter, astringent, sweet, and cooling herb. It is believed to have a balancing effect on the Pitta and Kapha doshas, while increasing Vata dosha.


    Ayurvedic classification of Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia):

    Ayurvedic Classification Description
    Rasa (taste) Astringent, bitter, and sweet
    Guna (qualities) Heavy, dry, and cold
    Virya (potency) Cooling
    Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Sweet
    Dosha effect Pacifies Pitta and Kapha doshas
    Karma (actions) Blood purifier, detoxifying, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant
    Dhatu (tissue) affinity Works primarily on the blood and lymphatic tissues
    Srotas (channel) affinity Works primarily on the circulatory and lymphatic channels
    Prabhava (special effect) Purifies and cools the blood, supports healthy skin, and promotes overall detoxification


    Active compounds and their benefits found in manjistha (Rubia cordifolia):

    Active Compound Benefits
    Anthraquinones (alizarin, purpurin, and munjistin) Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties
    Tannins Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and wound-healing properties
    Flavonoids (quercetin, kaempferol, and rutin) Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties
    Xanthones Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties
    Glycosides Cardio-protective, hepatoprotective, and immune-boosting properties
    Betaine Liver-protective and anti-inflammatory properties
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