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Dronapuspi (Leucascephalotes)

Dronapuspi-Leucascephalotes

Dronapuspi is commonly known as Head Leucas. It grows in cultivated fields as a weed.Dronapuspi is a Sanskrit name.The flowers of the plant looks like a vessel hence got the name. In Sanskrit it is also called as Kumbhayoni as the flowers of the plant looks like a pot with a wide opening. It possesses many medicinal values  according to Ayurveda.

 

Dr.Gupta’shas been constantly working on Dronapuspi plant to  find out itIAFAs medicinal properties . Experts in IAFA found out that the plant can act as an anti-inflammatory,anti-bacterial,anti-fungal,anti-diarrhoeal,antipyretic,antioxidant and antiallergic agent. Our Experts have conducted many studies on this plant and found out that Leucascephalotescontains carbohydrates,proteins and aminoacids,glycosides,flavanoids,tanninsphenols and steroids.Methanolic extract of the plant shows that anti bacterial properties. It is a good expectorant hence it can be used in Asthmatic conditions.Laballenicacid content in Leucascephalotes is high. It also contains Luaricacid,Glutanicacid,Adipicacid and Tridecanoic acid.

Action of Dronapuspi – Leucascephalotesin Allergies

IAFA has been constantly working on  various studies on Dronapuspi to find out itspharmacological actions.The plant has anti inflammatory,analgesic,antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-diarrhoeal,antipyretic and insectidal activity. It has cytotoxic activity also. The phyto constituents found in the plantDronapuspi helps to acts as an antiallergic drug. The decoction of the whole plant can be used in allergic disorders.

Vernacular Names and Botanical Classification

Botanical NameLeucascephalotes
FamilyLamiaceae
Native Names
Sanskrit NameDronapuspi, Drona,Phalepuspa,Kumbhayoni
Hindi NameGoma
English NameHead Leucas
Malayalam NameTumba
Kannada NameTumbegida
Tamil NameTumbai

Ayurveda reference of Dronapuspi- Leucascephalotes

Ayurveda reference of Dronapuspi- Leucascephalotes

  • Annual herb
  • It is an erect plant
  • Leaves- yellowish green in colour, lanceolate and subacute
  • Stem- light yellowish green,hairy and quadrangular
  • Roots-cylindrical,zigzag,long with numerous wiry rootlets.
  • Inflorescence- Sessile
  • Fruits-schizocarpic,carcerule
  • Seed -oblong,trigonous and dark brown in colour

Geographical distribution of Dronapuspi – Leucascephalotes

It is distributed  inIndia,Nepal,Bhutan,Pakistan,Bangladeshetc. It is a weed and grows in cultivated fields,after a rainfall.

Phytoconstituents of Dronapuspi – Leucascephalotes

The phytoconstituents in the plant Dronapuspi include lignans, flavanoids, coumarins, steroids, terpenes, fatty acid and aliphatic long chain compounds. It contains triterpenes, sterols, flavones, laballenicacid, luaric acid, glutaric acid, adipic acid and tridecanoic acid and sitosterols.

Parts used of Dronapuspi –Leucascephalotes

  • Whole plant

Dosage of – Dronapuspi –Leucascephalotes

  • Swarasa(Extract) – 5-10 ml
  • Powder -1-3 gms

Medicinal Properties of – Dronapuspi –Leucascephalotes

  • Bhedini- laxative
  • Kaphaghna-alleviates Kaphadosha
  • Amapacaka- digest indgested food
  • Kamalahara- cures Jaundice
  • Sothaghna–removes inflammation
  • Tamakaswasaghna- cures Asthma
  • Krimighna – antimicrobial action
  • Swedajanana- increases sweating
  • Vataprasamana – pacifies Vatadosha
  • Kandughna- removes itching

Home remedies of Gambhari – Leucascephalotes

In Ayurveda ,the holistic medical science,treatment is baesd on nontoxic naturally available drug . According to Ayurveda every single plant on the earth hasmedicinal property. Even though Dronapuspi is a weed ,it also possesses many medicinal values and its therapeutic values are studied byIAFA. Someof the home remedies of Dronapuspiare described below

  • In diarrhoea- Take 20 gms of dried whole plant,added with 100 ml of water ,boiled and reduced to 30 ml .This decoction is to be taken orally for 3 days.
  • In Fever –The decoction of the whole plant is made and taken internally at the dosage of 30 ml twice daily before food for 7 days.
  • In Headache- Paste of flowers and leaves of the plant Dronapuspi is made with water and apply over forehead for 20 minutes.
  • In Jaundice-60 ml of flower decoction is to be taken internally for 7 days.
  • In Rhinitis- 5 ml of juice of the leaves of Dronapuspi is used internally.
  • For blood purification-  In 1 litre of water add 15 gms of dried leaves of the plant Dronapuspi and it is taken as drinking water.
  • In Abdominal distension – Juice of the plant is to be taken internally at the dosage of 5 ml
  • In Itching skin disorders– Juice of the plant is is applied all over the body.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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