Botanical Name :Lawsoniainermis Linn.


According To Modern

Kingdom –Plantae

Order –Myrtales

Family     –Lythraceae

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.

Properties (Gunadharma)

Rasa-Tikta, Kasaya

Vipak- Katu

Virya- Sheeta



Specific Parts :

Leaf, Flower, Seed.


Doshaghnata :





Shloka’s :





Benefits :

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.


Prameha (Diabetes)

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


Isomnia :

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

Jaundice :

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) :


Dosage :

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.

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