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
|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|
-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)
-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
-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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