Leucas cephalotes, also known as dronapushpi, is an old ayurvedic herb utilised as a folk remedy and in a variety of ritualistic activities. Because of its anti-microbial, insecticidal, larvicidal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, dronapushpi is used as an alternative medicine to treat liver disorders, scorpion stings, snake bites, fever, jaundice, and other respiratory distress.
The medicinal plant, a member of the Lamiaceae family, thrives as a weed in India and other Southeast Asian countries. The plant has yellowish-green leaves with white sessile flowers. This material is also known as "Guma" in Hindi, "Tumbari and Thumbai" in Tamil, "Tummi and Peddatumani" in Telugu, and "Dandakalas and Halaksa" in Bengali. Some of its Sanskrit names are Drona,
Dronachatra, Dronakurambaka, Kutumbaka, Kaudinya, Chitrakshupa, Shwashanka, and Deerghapatra. According to Raj Nighantu's works, Dronapushpi is classified into two species: Dronapushpi (Leucas aspera) and Maha drona (Leucas cephalotes). The Drona puspi variant (Leucas linifilia) is depicted in various sources.
Dronapushpi is essential in the treatment of several skin ailments. The powerful antioxidant content of the strong herb works wonders to eliminate hazardous free radicals from the body, and its antipruritic characteristics assist to ease itching caused by allergic illnesses such as psoriasis, scabies, patchy skin, eczema, acne, sunburn, and so on. Many studies have shown that
Dronapushpi's powerful antibacterial powers, which are widely used to eradicate pathogens from the body, are beneficial. This ancient plant has bioactive substances that not only prevent worm infestation but also treat wounds and accelerate recovery.
Dronapushpi leaves contain anti-parasitic and temperature-lowering qualities, making them useful for treating a variety of fevers. The oil and paste of the leaves have long been used to treat a variety of infectious disorders because they lower body temperature and halt the growth of bacteria, preventing the infection from spreading inside the body. It has been discovered that the analgesic and antimicrobial qualities are extremely effective in the treatment of filariasis.
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