A prostrate herb with glabrous leaves found throughout India in fallow lands, wet and shady places. Now a days the herb is also cultivated in many parts of the country. The leaves are used in Ayurvedic preparation.
Centella Asiatica Medicinal Uses
Mandookaparni is used as a "Medhya Rasayana" and in the treatment of skin and mental ailments as recommended by Ayurveda. In many parts of India, it is used as a substitute of Brahmi (Bacopa monnjera). Its nootropic (nourishment effects on nervous tissue) and immunomodulatory activities have been well investigated. Comparative studies between Mandukaparni and Brahmi have shown it similar to Brahmi in action. However, it is more gentle as compared to latter, as regards to its effect on brain and nervous tissue.
The plant is reported to contain various alkaloids, glycosides, sterols, tannins, sugars and inorganic salts. It also contains amino acids like aspartic acid, glycine, glutamic acid etc. Ash contains chloride, sulfate, phosphate, iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium.
Effect on Dosha
Balances kapha and pitta.
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