Mandookaparni- Centella Asiatica


Mandookaparni is a common weed in India whose leaves resemble the shape of a frog, hence the name (Mandooka -Frog; Parni- Leaf). Because of its intellect and memory-enhancing properties, this drug is frequently confused with Brahmi herb (Bacopa monnieri). It belongs to a class of drugs known as Medhya Rasayanas (Psychotropic Drugs- Drugs that affect mood and behavior).

Botanical name: Centella asiatica
Sanskrit name: Mandookaparni
English name: Asiatic Penny Wort
Malayalam name: Kodangal
  • Medicinal properties

Sedative function- Induces Sleep Potent memory enhancer 
Anti-convulsant- Acts against seizures Anti-depressant- Acts against Depression
Promotes wound healing  Anti-oxidant and enhances Immunity
Anti-bacterial/Antiviral/Antifungal activity Works wonders on Duodenal and Gastric Ulcers
Hepatoprotective function- Protects the Liver Cardioprotective function- Protects the Heart


  • Phytoconstituents

-Proteins, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fibre, Fats, Vitamins A, B and C, Minerals like Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Calcium.

-Flavonoids, Polyphenols, Tannins, Carotenoids, Triterpenoids, and volatile oils.

-Asiaticoside and Asiatic Acid – Improves Hypertension, Atherosclerosis (Thickening of blood vessels due to accumulation of fat deposition), Cardiac Ischemia (Deficient blood supply to the heart muscle)

  • Potential Side-effects

-Usually rare but may include Skin Allergies, Burning sensations when used topically, Headache, Dizziness, Diarrhoea, and Nausea when used in high doses.

-Mandookaparni should be avoided by women trying to conceive as it may cause Spontaneous Abortions.

– Similarly, breastfeeding women should also avoid using this herb as there is limited information available about the possible effects of Mandookaparni on Breastfeeding women. 

Ayurvedic Preparations containing Mandookaparni

-Brahma Rasayana

-Medhya Rasayana

-Trailokya Sundara Rasa

CAUTION: All medications described here are being used solely for educational reasons. This does not replace seeking expert medical advice. Before using any drugs, please seek the advice of a licensed Ayurvedic practitioner. Please keep out of the reach of children.

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