Botanical Name :Menthaspicata. Linn. Emend, Nethn.

 Classification:

According To Modern

Kingdom –Plantae

Order –Lamiales

Family     – Lamiaceae

According To Ayurveda

Charak-     Not included in Varga

Sushruta-   Not included in Gana

Bhavprakash- Not included in Varga

Other Names :

Arabic – Phujanaj
Bengali name – Pudina
Burmese name – Bhudina
Canada – Chetni-maruga
Hindi – Podina
Malayalam – Putina
Marathi name – Pudina

General Information :

Habit – Perennial glabrous strong scented herb. Leaves – Simple, 2.5 to 10 cm long, coarsely serrate, smooth above, sparingly hairy on the nerves below, ovate, or oblong-lanceolate, upper leaves are smaller. Flowers – Sparingly hispid, Calyx is red in colour.

Properties (Gunadharma)

Rasa- Katu

Vipak- Katu

Virya- Ushna

Guna-Laghu, Ruksha, Tikshna

 

Specific Parts :

Leaves.

Types Of plant :

MenthaLongifolia and M. arvenis are also used as Pootika.

           

Doshaghnata :

Kapha- Vatashamak.

Shloka’s :

पुतिहा कटुरुष्णश्र्च रोचनो दिपनो लघु:│

हन्ति वातकफाध्मान शूलच्छर्दीकृर्मीस्तथा ││

रोचनी वह्रिजननी वक्त्रजाड्यनिशूदनी |
कफवातहरी बल्या चर्द्यर्ह्रोचकवारिणी॥      ( आ. वि)

Benefits :

            Agnimandya (Loss of Appetite)

The Arka (Distillation) prepared from juices of Pudina (Menthapiperata),Ardraka (Zingiberofficinale). Nimbuka (Citrus limon) &Kumari(Aloe vera). thisArka is taken with Jiraka (Cuminumcyminum), Twak (Cinnamomumzeylanicum), Patra (Cinnamomumtamala) and Ela (Elattariacardamomum) in agnimandya.

Krimi (Worm infestation)

The juice prepared from leaves of Putiha (Menthapiperata) is given along with Adraka Rasa (Ginger Juice) and Saindhavalavana (Rock salt) in krimi associated with pain in abdomen.

Putiha oil 3 drops with hot water is given in indigestion and relive colic pain.

Pudina leaves paste applied over the joints to relive pain and localized inflammation.

Phant of pudina leaves is given in dysmenorrhea and fever.Dose-30-40ml

Pudina leaves swaras is given with honey to relieve cough and sore throat.Dose-5-10ml.

Gargling is done by adding fresh juice of the leaf of Pudina with water to relieve bad odor from the mouth and treat inflammation of the gums.

Pudina leaves paste is given with first morsel of food to treat intestinal worms.

 

Formulation (Kalp):

Name                          Indication

PudinaArka                  Agnimandya, Chardi

Dosage :

Svarasa – 5 to 10 ml.

Taila – 2 to 5 drops.

Phanta – 20 to 40 ml.

Research Corner :

The study done to elucidate M. piperita’s anti-Candida activity and mode of action. The MIC value ot mint Essential oil, carvone, menthol, and menthone was 225, 248, 500, and 4200 ug/ml , respectively, At their respective MICs these compounds showed 47,42,35, and 29% decrease in PM-ATPase activity besides showing synergy with FLC. In case of FLC- resistant strains , the decrease in H(+) efflux was by 52,48,32, and 30%, a trend similar to the susceptible in the ergosterol content, cell membrane breakage, and alterations in morphology.

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