Hippocrates, “the father of medicine,” has rightly described Nature as the best physician. Since ancient times, different parts of the plants like leaves, seeds, flowers, roots and stems have been used for their medicinal value. One such plant which is of great significance is dronapushpi. Dronapushpi is a herb commonly found in India, from the Himalayas and down to Ceylon. The scientific name of this plant is Leucas aspera, and it belongs to the family Lamiaceae. In Sanskrit, it is known as dronapushpi, chitrak-shupa and chitrapathrika. In Hindi, it is called goma madhupati. It is known as thumbai, bahuphul in Marathi and Tunni in Southern India. In this article, we will learn more about dronapushpi, its health benefits, side effects, precautions, etc.1
Dronapushpi contains different types of phytochemicals, which include phytosterols (plant sterols) like β-Sitosterol and its glycoside and terpenes (organic compounds found in oils) like norlabdane, labdane, abietane-leucasdins A, B, C and leucastrins A and B. The oil of dronapushpi contains fatty acids like adipic acid, laballenic acid, tridecanoic acid, lauric acid and glutaric acid.2
Dronapushpi shows numerous scientifically proven properties, some of which are mentioned below:
Some of the potential benefits of dronapushpi are described below.
Literature states that dronapushpi may have the potential to kill harmful fungi. Prajapati et al. conducted a study in 2010. The findings of this study showed that leaves obtained from dronapushpi plant helped in killing fungi like Microsporum gypseum and Trichophyton rubrum. This indicates that it may have the potential to manage hair, skin, scalp and nail infections caused due to these fungi. However, we have yet to claim these results with greater reliability. It is further advised not to self-medicate and consult your physician for proper treatment of any fungal infection.1
Ayurvedic literature supports the use of different plant extracts that may help manage bacterial infections. A study conducted by Prajapati et al. in 2010 stated that the oil extracted from dronapushpi might arrest the growth of bacterias like S.aureus, S.typhi, K.aerogenes, E.coli and P.vulgaris and may have the potential to manage pneumonia, typhoid, urinary tract infections and diarrhoea caused by these bacteria. However, due to limited studies, it is advised not to rely on dronapushpi as a remedy and kindly consult your physician for the proper management of any bacterial infections.1
Ever wondered what happens to the food that we eat? The food that we eat is broken down into glucose by enzymes like alpha-glucosidase and alpha-amylase. Verma et al. 2017 conducted a study, and the results of this study show that dronapushpi may help lower blood glucose and may have a positive impact on diabetes. This effect is due to the inhibition of alpha-amylase, which helps in reducing blood glucose levels. However, we need more studies to claim these results with greater reliability. Also, it is advised not to consider dronapushpi as an alternative to modern medicine; you should always consult your doctor for proper management of diabetes.3
Literature studies support the use of herbs like dronapushpi for managing fever. A study conducted by Prajapati et al. in 2010 stated that dronapushpi might help reduce body temperature if you have a fever. Additionally, it may help manage the cough. This indicates that this herb may positively impact fever and cough. The exact mechanism behind these effects is unclear, and thus, you should not rely on dronapushpi for the treatment of fever or cough. It is best to consult your doctor for the proper treatment.1
Peptic ulcer or gastric ulcers are sores on the lining of the stomach, food pipe (esophagus) or small intestine. Ulcers are usually associated with stomach pain, indigestion and acid reflux. Many literature studies support the use of herbal preparations like dronapushpi for managing ulcers. Hiremath et al., in 2022 stated that this herb may help in reducing gastric acid production and, thus, help manage ulcers. However, it is advised not to consider dronapushpi as an alternative to modern medicine, and you should consult your doctor for the proper management of peptic ulcers.2
Psoriasis is a skin disease which causes rashes, itchiness and scaly skin. A review conducted by Singh et al. in 2022 stated that the presence of antioxidants in dronapushpi may help eliminate the harmful radicals from the body and helps relieve skin itchiness and rashes. This indicates that dronapushpi may positively impact psoriasis. However, you should not consider it as an alternative to modern medicine; it is always advised to consult a physician for the proper management of psoriasis.4
Studies show that compounds extracted from different parts of the plants may positively impact prostate cancer. Anjusha et al. conducted a study in 2017, the results showed that dronapushpi might have the potential to manage prostate cancer. To claim these results with greater reliability, we need more studies. It is further advised not to consider dronapushpi as an alternative to modern medicine; kindly consider your doctor for the proper management of prostate cancer.5
Jaundice is a disease condition characterised by the yellowing of skin, nails and eyes due to an increase in bilirubin (a breakdown product of red blood cells). Literature studies support the use of dronapushpi to reduce bilirubin. A review which was conducted by Das et al. in 2012 stated that the hot water extract of the entire plant of dronapushpi might help manage jaundice. However, you should not consider this herb as an alternative to modern medicine and should consult your doctor for proper treatment of jaundice.6
Though there are studies that show the benefits of dronapushpi in various conditions, these are insufficient, and there is a need for further studies to establish the true extent of the benefits of dronapushpi on human health.
You must consult a qualified doctor before consuming any herbal supplements. You should not discontinue or replace your ongoing treatment of modern medicine with an ayurvedic/herbal preparation without consulting your doctor.
Hiremath et al. conducted a study in 2022 which found that dronapushpi may result in CNS depression or slowing down of brain activity, which can result in nausea, vomiting, reduced heart rate and breathing, confusion and memory loss.5
Dronapushpi is considered a safe formulation; however, if you experience any adverse reactions to dronapushpi, it is advised to discontinue its intake and immediately contact a doctor or your Ayurvedic physician who has prescribed it, as they will guide you properly for your symptoms.
Consuming dronapushpi is okay if taken in moderate amounts. However, the following considerations must be taken:
However, you must always seek the advice of your Ayurvedic physician about the possible interaction of dronapushpi with other drugs.
The scientific name of dronapushpi is Leucas aspera, and it belongs to the family Lamiaceae.1
In Hindi, dronapushpi is called as goma madhupati.1
Hiremath et al. conducted a study in 2022 which found that dronapushpi may result in CNS depression which can result in nausea, vomiting, reduced heart rate and breathing, confusion and memory loss.5
Yes, studies have supported the use of dronapushpi may help in reducing blood glucose and may help manage diabetes.2
The safety of dronapushpi during pregnancy is not well-established; it is therefore advised to avoid its use and consult your doctor for the same.
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