Manjishta (or Manjishtha) is a perennial climber, native to India. This traditional Ayurvedic herb, also known as Indian Madder or Manjith, acts primarily as a blood cleanser and purifier.
It contains a class of constituents known as quinones; the quinone rubiadin demonstrates antioxidant activity that protects against damaging free radicals. It has also demonstrated the ability to increase the number of inflammatory mediators, reducing heat and congestion within the blood flow, helping to prevent chronic inflammatory damage. “Like a vine, it ‘spreads’ throughout the whole system, especially working on the arterial, circulatory system and skin”, says Herbal Reality. “Its red roots point to its affinity for the blood, and its red pigment can be seen in the urine.” Its heart-shaped leaves are another indicator of its affinity for supporting the heart and blood flow, according to herbalist, Sebastian Pole.
Energetically, Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole, indicates that Manjishta has a bitter, sweet and astringent taste and a cooling energy. Its post-digestive effective, however, is pungent or heating. It is best for reducing Pitta and Kapha in the body and can increase Vata. As an extension of its ability to cleanse and purify the blood, Manjishta is used medicinally for eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, vitiligo, acne, acne rosacea, herpes, pruritis in the liver, Pitta-type diabetes and kidney stones. It breaks down accumulations that may be obstructing blood flow, like tumors and lumps. It helps reduce bleeding and repair tissue damage, like ulcers. Its cooling effect reduces agitation and irritations in the nervous system on both a physical and emotional level.
How to Use Manjishta for Cleansing
Fall cleanses should include Manjishta or another blood purifier to help release the extra heat and inflammation that has built up in the system from the long, hot Pitta season of summer. Talk to your Ayurvedic Practitioner about the best cleanse and herbs to use for your system. Everyone is different, and it stands to reason that not all detoxes are appropriate for all people. In general, the more Pitta you have in your Prakruti (body constitution) and Vikruti (imbalances), the more beneficial Manjishta will be for you.
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