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Lawsonia inermis
  • Family : Lythraceae
  • Synonym : L.alba
  • English : Henna
  • Hindi : Mahendi
  • Gujarati : Mendi
  • Sanskrit : Medhini,Madayantika

  • Part used : Leaves

Botanical Description:  A glabrous much branched decicious shrub with 4 gonous lateral branches, often ending in thorns, leaves simple, opposite, entire, lanceolate, petioles very short or absent, flowers white or rose coloured, fragrant in large terminal pyramidal panicled cymes, stamens 8, in 4 pairs inserted on the calyx tube, fruits globose capsules, tipped with the style and supported by the persistent calyx, seeds numerous, smooth, pyramidal. Flowering and fruiting throughout the year.

It occurs mainly in dry decidious forests and is widely culivated as a hedge plant.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Tikta, Kasaya
  • Guna : Laghu, Ruksa
  • Virya : Sita
  • Vipaka : Katu
  • Karma : Kaphasamaka, Pittasamaka

Modern Pharmacological Action: Ethanol (70 %) extract of L. inermis showed significant hypoglycaemic and hypolipidaemic activities. Methanol extract of henna leaves at 1 mg/ml concentration had displayed immunostimulant action. Alcoholic extract of the bark showed hepatoprotective effect. The ethyl acetate extract of L. inermis L. was found to be the most active against all the bacteria in a test system. The extract showed broad fungitoxic spectrum when tested against 13 ring worm fungi. Further the fungitoxicity of the extract remained unaltered at high temperature on autoclaving and after long storage. The ethanol soluble fraction of L. inermis fruits displayed highly potent activity against Sembiki forest virus (SFV) and also showed significant molluscicidal activity. The tuberculostatic activity of henna was tested in-vitro and in-vivo. Invivo studies on guinea pigs and mice showed that the herb at a dose of 5 mg/kg body weight led to a significant resolution of experimental tuberculosis following infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37R.

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