Medicinal Plants

Do you ever feel like we've become too reliant on medications these days?

We choose to grab a pill for every little ache, pain or issue. But maybe it's time we get back to basics and explore natural healing solutions first.

Ayurveda uses common herbs and plants to heal and balance the mind and body gently.

Doesn't that sound nicer than synthetically produced drugs?

Ayurvedic practitioners tapped into the true power of nature. There are plants growing around you that contain properties to boost immunity, reduce inflammation, aid digestion and more. 

Example: Holy basil adapts to help your body deal with stress & Neem has antibacterial properties to heal skin conditions.

Medicinal Plants & Their Uses

Plant Name


Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Blood purifier, anti-inflammatory, skin health, dental care

Mulethi/Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Respiratory health, stomach ulcers, skin inflammation

Tulsi/Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Adaptogen, stress relief, respiratory health, oral care

Babool/Acacia (Acacia nilotica)

Oral health, wound healing, skin conditions

Amla/Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica)

Immunity booster, anti-aging, digestive health, hair growth

Chirchita/Chiretta (Swertia chirata)

Bitter tonic, fever reducer, liver health

Dalchini/Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)

Antioxidant, blood sugar control, digestion, circulation

Dhaniya/Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

digestion, skin conditions, detoxification

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Adaptogen, stress relief, energy, immunity

Bael (Aegle marmelos)

Digestion, constipation relief, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea

Aloe vera (Ghee Kunwar)

Reducing dental plaque, accelerating wound healing, preventing wrinkles, and managing blood sugar

Kulanjan/Galangal (Alpinia galanga)

Rheumatoid arthritis, immunity, respiratory issues

Kalmegh/Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata)

Inflammation, infections, liver health, fever

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

Female reproductive health, lactation, digestion

Shirish/African Mahogany (Albizia lebbeck)

Allergies, inflammatory conditions

Adusa/Vasaka (Adhatoda vasica)

Bronchitis, asthma, cough, breathing issues

Ratti/Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria)

Skin conditions, inflammation, wound healing

Ashoka (Saraca asoca)

Gynecological disorders, uterine health, menstrual problems

Vajradanti (Barleria prionitis)

Oral health, tooth decay, bleeding gums, ulcers

Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus)

Digestive issues, bloating, irregular periods

Pippali/Long Pepper (Piper longum)

Respiratory health, chronic coughs, asthma

Kanghi (Caturjata)

Digestive disorders, joint pain, gout, rheumatoid arthritis

Tamalpatra/Indian Bay Leaf (Cinnamomum tamala)

Gastric ulcers, respiratory health, oral health

Ananas/Pineapple (Ananas comosus)

Digestion, inflammation, wound healing

Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum)

Allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, respiratory disorders


Digestion, metabolism, abdominal pain

Ketaki/Screwpine (Pandanus odoratissimus)

Headaches, fevers, diarrhea, dysentery

Ankola (Alangium salvifolium)

Wounds, skin diseases, diabetes, diarrhea

Senna (Cassia angustifolia)

Constipation, digestive cleansing

Importance of Medicinal Plants

Medicinal plants have been used for centuries in various cultures around the world to address a wide range of health issues. The benefits and importance of medicinal plants are vast and contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities in numerous ways. Below are some key aspects:

Benefits of Medicinal Plants

  • Traditional Healing: Used in traditional practices for generations.
  • Active Compounds: Contain bioactive compounds with therapeutic properties.
  • Affordability: Ayurvedic medicines are more affordable than synthetic drugs available in the market.
  • Accessibility: Readily available, especially in regions with limited healthcare resources.
  • Cultural Significance: Hold cultural and spiritual importance.
  • Biodiversity Conservation: Promote conservation by encouraging sustainable harvesting.
  • Treatment of Ailments: Effective in treating various health conditions naturally.
  • Low Side Effects: Tend to have fewer side effects than some synthetic drugs. Usually, zero side-effects.
  • Research for Drug Development: Provide insights for developing new medications.
  • Antimicrobial Properties: Combat bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
  • Support Sustainable Agriculture: Contribute to sustainable farming practices.
  • Holistic Health Approach: Support a holistic view of well-being.


These ancient plants are truly gifts from nature. Their benefits are numerous, and they can transform health in a gentle, holistic way. Anyone looking to embrace natural wellness solutions would do well to explore Ayurvedic botanicals further.

So why not give Mother Nature's medicine cabinet a try? You have nothing to lose and vibrant health to gain! Ayurveda's herbal wisdom could be just what you need to restore balance and feel your best self.


Zandu Ayurvedic Team

Zandu Ayurvedic Team has a panel of over 10 BAMS (Ayurvedacharya), boasting a collective experience of over 50 years. With a deep-rooted understanding of Ayurveda, they are committed to sharing their expertise & knowledge through our blogs.
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