Agnimantha as the name suggests Agni – Fire and Mantha – churning was the tree whose barks were rubbed against each other to induce fire. It is one of the Dashamoola.
Agnimantha or botanically Premna Integrifolia is an important ingredient of Dashamoola plants. Dashmool has two subcategories Brihat Panchamoola and Laghu Panchamoola. Agnimantha is included under Brihat Panchamoola. All these plants have anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Agnimantha is used in the treatment of all types of Vata Disorders (diseases related to the nervous and musculoskeletal system), inflammatory disorders, neuralgia, rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, piles, constipation, common cold, and loss of appetite. It is also useful in eruptive fevers, which include infections like scarlet fever (scarlatina), measles, small pox, varioloid eruptions, and erysipelas.
Botanical Name – Premna integrifolia
Family – Verbinaceae
Names in different language –
Kannada – Arani, Taggi
Marathi – Chamari
Tamil – Munnai
Telugu – Gabbunelli
The Leaves of this tree are glossy and elongated having a color of Dark green above and light green underneath. The flowers are greenish white or whitish in color. The fruits are about 5 mm in width and round in shape.
The medicinal parts are – Roots, Leaves and Bark
Therapeutic indications —
Agnimantha is helpful in following health conditions.
- Vata Disorders (diseases related to nervous and musculoskeletal system)
- Inflammatory disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hemorrhoids or piles
- Common cold
- Loss of appetite
- Eruptive fevers – scarlet fever (scarlatina), measles, small pox, varioloid eruptions and erysipelas
- Diabetes (particularly leaves)
- Dyslipidemia (particularly leaves)
- Breathing Difficulties and asthma
- Common cold
Agnimantha Benefits –
- It improves appetite and aids in proper digestion.
- As a matter of fact, it is the best natural ayurvedic herb for people feeling the inability to digest foods, heaviness in the abdomen, drowsy, or tiredness after having a meal.
- Furthermore, it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral actions that help to inhibit the growth of microbes, fights against infections, and reduce inflammation.
- In addition, Agnimantha leaves have anti-obesity effects and metabolism booster property.
- In the same way, it has anti-allergic, anti-urticaria and antipruritic action, which help t reduce hives, itching and prickling pain.
- Similarly, it improves blood supply to the brain and soothes the affected nerves, which aids in the treatment of Neuralgia.
- Likewise, it acts as a protective agent for blood vessels, heart, liver, skin, muscles, joints, and other connective tissues.
- Additionally, the decoction is used as a sitz bath to relieve pain occurring in haemorrhoids.
- Not to mention, the Juice of the leaves help in reducing weight and improves metabolism
- The leaves are a little warmed and applied will reduce the severe pain.
- The decoction of roots has been useful in Diabetes.
- The bark is made into a paste with milk and this paste helps reduce freckles.
Side Effects –
There are no known side effects of this medicinal tree.
There are no absolute Contraindications for Agnimantha.
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