Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia), also known as Indian madder, is an ayurvedic tonic herb that is claimed to have a lot of benefits and uses. This bitter, astringent herb was traditionally used and valued for its alleged effectiveness in cleansing and purifying the blood, liver, and lymphatic system. Manjistha is also claimed to be a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It has been used as a muscle relaxant; to ease stress, anxiety and depression; heal bruises and reduce arthritic pain and swelling; and relieve digestive issues, allergies and skin-related issues, such as acne. It is also claimed to enhance blood circulation and helps to process and remove toxins from the body, and has even been used to dissolve tumors. Overall it is a powerful immune stimulant that deserves a place in your herbal medicine cabinet!
The root of the manjistha plant is the section that is most commonly used in medicinal remedies. It can be purchased whole and used to make teas or tinctures, or alternatively, you can grind it into a powder and take it as a supplement.