Botanical Name-Rubia cordifolia Linn.
According to Ayurveda all texts have explained it as the herb useful to improve the colour and complexion of skin.It is famous as Raktha shodhaka(Blood purifier)in the traditional medicine.At present it is used mainly as natural colouring agent in the fabric industry.
Stems-often many yards long,rough,grooved
Leaves-3.8- 9×1.6-3.5cm,inwhorls of 4,ovate,acute,lower leaves are larger than the upper
Flowers-in terminal panicled glaberous cymes.
Fruit-4- 6mm.diameter,puplish black when ripen
Found throughout India in hilly areas,and now being cultivated at various places
PROPERTIES ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA
Netra roga(Eye diseases)
Solid extract(with water)-150- 540mg
Dried extract(with water)105-315mg