By Dr Renita D’Souza
Madhavi (Hiptage benghalensis) is a cooling Ayurvedic shrub with clusters of beautiful fragrant white yellowish flowers.
Remedies, qualities, uses
Traditional Remedies of Madhvi lata
It is traditional used in the treatment of burning sensation, obesity, wounds, rheumatism, inflammation, pitta related disease, ulcers, skin diseases, etc
- Leaves are used in skin diseases. Leaf paste applied externally cure scabies.
- Bark is made used in indigestion, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
- To reduce belly fat, it is used with buttermilk or the seed kernel is given with honey.
- Plant decoction is given to women after childbirth.
- Flowers is taken with drinking water as a coolant.
- Master Sushruta mentioned the use of heart wood internally in obesity, jaundice, urethral discharges and externally in chronic skin diseases.
- Seed oil is given internally for flatulence, biliousness and for increase slimy secretions of the body
It is known to be a cardiac tonic. As it is considered as expectorant, it is also made used in asthma and cough.
Botanical Name – Hiptage benghalensis
Synonyms – Hiptage madablota
Family – Malpighiaceae
Medicinal Qualities of Madavi
Taste – sweet (madhura)-B.N; Pungent (katu), Tiktha (bitter) and Astringent (kashaya) R.N
Virya (potency) – Cold (shita)
Laghu – light to digest
Effects on Tridosha
It balances all three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha
Kasa – cough
Vrana – wounds
Daha – burning sensation
Shosha – muscle wasting, emaciation
Bark, leaf, flower, seed, stem
Morphology, pharmacology, research
Morphology of Hiptage benghalensis
Hiptage benghalensis is climbing shrub with clusters of fragrant white to yellowish flower. Leaves are lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, approximately 20 cm long. Fruits 2–5 cm, 3 papery wings.
Pharmacological Activity of Hiptage benghalensis
the plant possess antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, antimutagenic and hepatoprotective activity
1. Analgesic and Anti inflammatory Activity – A study was conducted to evaluate analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of ethanol extract of Hiptage benghalensis and the study concludes significant anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of leaf of Hiptage benghalensis.
2. Anti-asthmatic Activity – Study was done to investigate anti-asthmatic activity of leaves of Hiptage benghalensis (L) Kurzz on early and late phase of asthma have proved that Hiptage benghalensis (L) Kurzz have anti-asthmatic activity on both early and late stage of asthma.
3. Anti diabetic Activity – A study which focused on phytochemical screening and anti-diabetic efficacy of stem of Hiptage benghalensis (L) Kurz have proved its significant anti-diabetic activity as claimed in Ayurveda medicine.
4. A review article on Hiptage benghalensis (Madhavilata) as an Ayurvedic drug (read more)
Sanskrit verse, synonyms, chemistry
Vasanthi, Pundraka,, Mandaka,
Pushpendra, Sugandha, Shresta gandhaka
Hiptage benghalensis contains steroid, carbohydrate, flavonoid, alkaloid, tannin, phenol, mangiferin and terpenoids-compounds.
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.
Side effects, vernacular, distribution
Side Effects of Madhvi Lata
There are no recorded side effects of this herb.
However if taken in excess dose internally can cause stomach irritation and constipation due to its astringent property.
Names in different Languages
English Name – Clustered hiptage, Hiptage, Helicopter Flower
Hindi Name – Maadhavi, Madhavi lata
Marathi Name – Madhumaalati, Haladwail
Bengali Name – Maadhavi lata, Haldabel, Madhabilata
Gujarati Name – Ragathpitho, Madavi lata
Tamil Name – Adigam, Vasantakaala malligai
Telugu Name – Madavatoge, Madhavi tige, Maadhavi, Kurukkathi
Manipuri Name – Madhabi
Kannada Name – Madhvi, Madhavivasantadhuti
Malayalam Name – Sitampu
Assamese – Kerek-lata
Oriya – Boromali, Gorunda
Hiptage benghalensis is found in Southern China, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. It is found throughout India, predominantly in Western Ghats, Konkan, Deccan, Kumaon, Assam and Andaman island.
Bhavaprakasha Nighantu – Pushpa Varga
Kaiyadeva Nighantu – Aushadi Varga
Raja Nighantu – Karaviradi Varga
Kingdom – Plantae
Subkingdom – Trachiobionta
Division – Magnoliophyta
Class – Magnoliopsida Subclass : Rosidae Order : Polygalales Family : Malpighiaceae (Barbados cherry family) Genus : Hiptage Species : Hiptage benghalensis
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