Rubia cordifolia- Sunit Singh Chouhan
Common madder or Indian madder
Rubia cordifolia was an economically important source of a red pigment in many regions of Asia, Europe and Africa.The plant’s roots contain an organic compound called Alizarin, that gives its red colour to a textile dye known as Rose madder.
The roots of Rubia cordifolia are also the source of a medicine used in Ayurveda,this is commonly known in Ayurvedic Sanskrit as Manjistha (or Manjista or Manjishta) and the commercial product in Hindi as Manjith.
As Manjishtha purifies the blood it is useful in all blood originating diseases like skin diseases, bleeding tendencies etc. Manjishtha improves complexion of skin, improves quality of voice and improves functioning of liver. Manjishtha also corrects the functioning of the whole urinary system and prevents kidney stones.
Captured at Darori Doda(J&K)