By Dr Renita D’Souza
Gandhamalathi and Gandhakokila are fragrant Ayurvedic herbs mentioned in Bhavaprakasha Nighantu. They are considered as hot in potency and mainly act on kapha dosha by expelling its excess quantity.
Botanica Name – Aganosma caryophyllata
Family – Apocynaceae
Synonyms – Aganosma dichotoma, Aganosma heynei
Rasa (taste) – Tiktha (bitter)
Virya (potency) – Ushna (Hot)
Guna (qualities) – Snigdha (unctuous), Sughanda (fragrant)
Karma (action) – reduces excess Kapha dosha
Gandhakokila plant also possess same quality as that of Gandhamalathi .
Gandhamalathi is a large climber with white fragrant flowers. Leaves are leathery, ovate and green colour.
Uses, Sanskrit verse, vernacular
In pitta diseases its leaves are used.
It induces Vomiting.
Flowers are used in eye disorders.
Flower bud paste is used in skin infection between the toes.
Hindi Name – Malati
Bengali Name – Malati
Telugu Name – Mogari
Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets,
Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.
Bhavaprakasha – Karpuradi varga