Botanical Name :Lawsoniainermis Linn.
According To Modern
According To Ayurveda
Charak- Not included in Varga
Sushruta- Not included in Gana
Bhavprakash- Not included in Varga
Other Names :
Hindi name – Mehandi
English name – Henna, Mignonette tree
Bengali name – Mehedi
Kannada name – Manjha
Malayalam name – Mailanchi
Telugu name – Gorintaka
Tamil name – Aivanam
General Information :
Habit – glabrous much branched deciduous shrub. Stem – lateral branches are 4 – gonous often ending with spines. Leaves – simple opposite, entire, lanceolate, petioles are pyramidal panicled cymes. Inflorescence – large terminal pyramidal panicled cymes. Flowers – white or rose coloured and fragrant. Fruits – globose capsules, tipped with the style and supported by the persistant calyx. Seeds are numerous, smooth and pyramidal.
Specific Parts :
Leaf, Flower, Seed.
It isstambhaniya hence it’sbeejakalka should be used in raktatisara and pravahika.
Leaves are used in kamala .It’spushpaphanta in hridroga.
Swarasa or leaves decoction used in raktavikara and raktapitta.
Svarasa given with sugar is useful in mootrakrichchhra and pooyameha.
Madayantipaste (Lawsoniainermis Linn) mixed with honey andconsumed with cold water in the treatment of shonitmeha..
Raktapitta (Intrinsic haemorrhage)
Madayantikakwath (Lawsoniainermis Linn.) with sugar and honey given inraktapitta
Madayantika flower paste is used in Insomnia.Dose-. half a teaspoon of this paste once a day
Cold infusion of madayantika fruit is given insomnia.Dose-50-60ml
Decoction of dried plant of madayantika is used in the treatment jaundice. Dose-20ml
Leaves paste is applied over Burns. Its cooling effect helps in healing the damaged Skin fast.
Paste of leaves is applied to get relief from localized swelling, tenderness and pain.
Leaves decoction of madayantika is used in throatpain and pain related to oral cavity.Gargling of this leaves decoction is good for this.
Flower decoction of madayantika is given in divided dose as a memory booster in persons suffering with low I.Q.Dose-40-50ml
Seed powder ofmadayantika plant is given to treat diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
Decoction from the bark of the plant is given in patients suffering from jaundice and enlarged liver, in a dose of 50-60 ml in divided dose.
The paste of the leaves is used for cosmetics- to color the hair, as a coloring agent to paint the hands and legs.
Formulation (Kalp) :
Svarasa – 5 to 10 ml.
BeejaChoorna – 1 to 3 gm.
Research Corner :
The plant lawsoniainermis or henna is used as medicinal plant because of its strong fungicidal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, virucidal, antiparasitic, antiamoebasis, astringent, antihemorrhagic, hypotensive, sedative, anticancer effect and possible anti-swelling properties.