Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia / Indian Madder) is found in Himalayas and other hillstations of India and is useful in alleviating Kapha and Pitta doshas. The roots of this plant are of high medicinal value.
It is anti-inflammatory and is useful in healing wounds. It is helpful in treating skin diseases, in blood purification, increasing appetite and in stimulation and contraction of uterus.
The other diseases that are treated with the help of this herb include diarrhea, dyspepsia, anorexioa, menstrual problems, chronic fever, urinary infections, cancer, heart diseases, joint pains, kidney stones, dysurea, skin diseases like eczema, acne, herpes, psoriasis, dermatitis and in cleaning the uterus after delivery.
The ayurvedic herb is also useful in cleansing liver, pancreas, spleen and kidneys. It removes skin discoloration and freckles.