Plumbago zeylanica is a large perennial sub-scandent shrub that is also known as Ceylon leadwort, doctorbush or wild leadwort. It grows throughout tropical climates at altitudes below 900m especially in monsoon forests. It can be found in Australia, India and Arabia. It commonly grows around the bottom of the Olea tree trunks and vine thickets. It is found throughout India in wild state and occasionally cultivated in gardens.
Leadwort works as an excellent digestive and carminative herb and has been used traditionally in treating indigestion, hemorrhoids and many other disorders. It also reduces inflammation and pain.
It has been reported that the active phyto-constituent plumbagin present in the herb reduces the tumor growth and metastasis in prostate cancer.
Its root powder is effective in treating hemorrhoids.
Its active constituent plumbagin helps control blood sugar level and helps maintain glucose homeostasis in the body.
Plumbagin helps strengthen the immune system and protects the body from environmental toxins and free radicals. It also aids in the expulsion of thick mucus from the body thus preventing repetitive attacks of common infections such as cold and cough.
- Reduces inflammation
- Relieves pain
- Improves digestion
- Boosts immunity
Ayurveda Insight on Chitraka
Chitraka has katu rasa, katu vipaka, ushna virya and laghu, ruksha, tikshna properties. It is shothahara, dipana, grahi, pachana, arshohara and shulahara in action. It alleviates Kapha-Vata doshas. It is useful in Agnimandya, Grahani Roga, Arsha, Udarashula and Gudashotha.