Atibala (Ayurvedic Medicinal Plant)

ATIBALA

Latin name: Abutilon indicum

English name: Abutilon, Indian mallow, Country mallow

Sanskrit name: Atibala

Indian name: Kanghi

Medicinal parts used: Whole plant

Abutilon indicum is a medium sized, many branched perennial shrub that grows up to 2 meters in height. Plant is covered with minute hairs. Leaves are alternate, cordate and acute. Leaves vary in size. Flowers are yellowish, with 5 petals, solitary found in leaf axils. Fruits contain 15-20 chambers, arranged spirally, containing seeds. Seeds are blackish brown. The plant grows throughout India and in Sri Lanka, at about an elevation of 1000-1, 500 meters.

It is sweet in taste, sweet in the post digestive effect and has cold potency. It alleviates vita and pitta dosa. It possesses oily, slimy and heavy attributes.

Therapeutic use:

  • The plant is used as a laxative, astringent, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and expectorant.
  • It is also used to reduce fever; sugar levels, bleeding etc.
  • It is useful in gout, tuberculosis, ulcers, bleeding disorders, and worms.
  • A decoction is used in toothache and tender gums.
  • It is used externally to alleviate the pain and swelling.
  • The diuretic like property of the plant is useful in urinary disorders like dysuria.
  • It works well as a uterine tonic as well as an aphrodisiac.

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