Manjistha For Detox

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Manjistha, scientifically termed Rubia cordifolia, is an Ayurvedic herb known for its blood-purifying and detoxifying properties. Ayurveda mentions the use of Manjistha in many diseases such as skin disorders, liver infections, diarrhoea, respiratory disorders, heart problems, gastrointestinal disorders, etc

What are the Ayurvedic Properties of Manjistha?

According to Ayurveda, Manjistha has Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent) and Madhura (sweet) taste. It exhibits Guru (heavy) and Rooksha (dry) qualities and is said to have a hot potency. Manjistha is known to pacify Pitta and Kapha Dosha in the body. It is a highly effective Pitta pacifier and therefore aids in the treatment of many skin and eye disorders. 

How is Manjistha Good for Detoxification?

The benefits of manjistha are immense in nature. In Ayurvedic texts, Manjistha has been described as one of the best herbs for blood purification. As it helps to purify the blood, it also supports detoxification. It helps to remove harmful toxins from the bloodstream and prevent many diseases and disorders that are caused due to blood toxicity.

Detoxification Effects Of Manjistha And Health Benefits

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  • Skin Disorders:

By removing the toxins from the blood, Manjistha helps treat various skin infections, prevent oxidative damage and reduce the risk of pimples and dark circles. Manjistha also helps to treat skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc. Thus, benefits of manjistha on skin are numerous, making it a valuable addition to daily skincare routine. 

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:

Manjistha helps to purify the blood and improve the uterus health, which helps to regulate healthy periods. Therefore, it is considered highly effective in the treatment of PCOD. Additionally,  manjistha powder also helps to alleviate excessive bleeding and abdominal cramps during menstruation.

  • Heart Diseases:

As a potent blood purifier, Manjistha boosts blood circulation and regulates blood pressure levels in the body. Therefore, it helps improve heart health and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, blood clots, etc. 

  • Liver Problems:

Manjistha plant is known to remove toxins and boost the functioning of the liver. It is one of the best herbs for treating jaundice and is also known to regulate liver enzymes.

  • Boosts Immunity:

By removing harmful toxins, Manjistha aids in boosting the immune system and shielding the body against diseases and infections.

  • Kidney Stones:

According to Ayurveda, toxin accumulation is one of the leading causes of kidney stones. As a powerful detoxifying agent, Manjistha helps remove toxins from the body and aids in preventing and treating kidney stones. 

  • Diarrhoea and Dysentery:

By removing toxins from the body, Manjistha helps to reduce the frequency of stools and treat diarrhoea and dysentery. It also helps to remove the bacterias that cause diarrhoea and intestinal infections. 

What are the Other Benefits of Manjistha?

  • Manjistha helps to fight cancerous cells in the colon, breast and liver, thereby aiding in the treatment of cancer.
  • It also promotes digestion and treats various gastrointestinal disorders such as flatulence, bloating, constipation and abdominal distension. 
  • The anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties of Manjistha also help to treat gastric and mouth ulcers.
  • It is one of the best herbs to improve metabolism and promote weight loss. 
  • Owing to the anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and anti-asthmatic properties of Manjistha, it is also used to treat the common cold, sore throat, cough and flu.

How to use Manjistha?

Manjistha is available in the form of powder, tablets or dried roots. However, since it is a powerful Ayurvedic herb, you should only consume it after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor. The therapeutic dosage of the herb will depend on your age, medical condition and other factors that only an Ayurvedic doctor will be able to assess.

Side Effects and Precautions

Manjistha does not have any severe side effects. When taken in the prescribed dosage, it is safe for consumption. However, pregnant and lactating mothers should avoid using Manjistha unless prescribed by the doctor.


Manjistha is one of the best herbs to purify the blood and detoxify the body. As a potent detoxifying herb, manjistha benefits not only the treatment but also results in the prevention of many diseases such as skin disorders, liver problems, kidney stones, heart diseases, diarrhoea and dysentery. 


Dr Sunanda Ranade

Sunanda Ranade is Vice-Chairman of the International Academy of Ayurved, Pune, India, and an expert Ayurvedic gynecologist and nutritionist. She has been working in this field for the last 47 years. Dr. Sunanda Ranade holds a Doctorate in Ayurveda. She is also the author of several books on Ayurveda and Yoga, which have been published in Marathi, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.