Rubia Cordifolia, (Common Madder, Indian Madder)

Biological Name: 

Rubia cordifolia





Other Names:

Common Madder, Indian Madder, Aruna, Bhandi, Bhandiralatik, Mandar, Majathi,  Manjith, Manjistha, Manjithi, Manjestha, Majit, Manjit.



It is a perennial, prickly climber with a stem, growing up to 12 m long. Leaves are highly variable, ovate lanceolate, 5-7 nerved, 2-10 cm long and 2-5 cm broad, occurring in whorls of 4-6. Flowers are fragrant, minute, whitish or greenish yellow. Fruit is minute, glabrous, 1-2 seeded, dark purplish or blackish when mature. During August-October plant carries flower and fruit. Roots are perennial, long, cylindrical, and rusty brown in colour.


Additional Info:

Astringent, Themogenic, Febrifuge, Antidysenteric, Antihelmintic, Galactopurifier, Ophthalmic, and Rejuvenating effect


Elements Applied:



Active Components:

The roots contain quinones like glycosides includind rubiadin,1-hydroxy,2-methoxy anthraquinone,3-dimethoxy 2 carboxy anthraquinone, rubiprasin A,B,C, ruiearbonls, aborane triterpenoids, mangistin, alizarin, garancin, mollugin, furomollugin. 


Used for:

  • Manjistha has anti-inflammatory, Anti-dysenteric, Anti-helminthic and antioxidant properties.
  • It treats allergies, acne, eczema, and psoriasis, wound healing, maintains Skin Health, Damaged skin tissues due to injury or illness and can improve your complexion.
  • Manjistha is considered as tonic, antitussive and useful in chronic low fevers.
  • It Regulates Blood Pressure. Decoction from roots is prescribed to cure jaundice, paralytic affections, urinary troubles.
  • It protects your kidney, liver, improves digestion and immune system against toxins, Boosts immunity and helps fight cancer.
  • Used in amenorrhea and to the mother after delivery for cleansing and shrinking of the uterus.
  • It helps to stop bleeding, haematemesis, epistaxis, haemoptysis, blood in the stools & urine.
  • It aids in weight loss.
  • Manjistha can help you deal with stress and improve memory and learning ability. 



3-5 grams (3-5 masha) per day

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