Rubia cordifolia (Manjistha)
Manjistha, or Rubia Cordifolia is a branched climber growing in North-west Himalayas, Nilgiris & other hilly districts of India with small, greenish white/pale yellow flowers that are arranged in a cluster of round, fleshy, red to black berries.
From the point of view of the Tirdosha’s, Manjistha calms aggravated pitta and breaks up congested kapha. Many pitta-aggravated imbalances in the body, especially those of the blood, may be supported by Manjistha’s affinity for balancing pitta.
As many menstrual problems are a result of congested lymph, Manjistha is superb support for the female reproductive system, especially during the child-birthing years.
Because of its effect on for the lymph, Manjistha is considered one of the best herbs for skin – supporting the skin in balancing everything from itchiness to rashes and breakouts. It helps as an overall rejuvenative agent for the improving skin complexion.