Herb Profile: Manjistha—Lymph, Skin and Menstrual Support - Ayurveda | Everyday Ayurveda

Herb Profile: Manjistha—Lymph, Skin and Menstrual Support

By on January 11, 2016

Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) is a perennial climber that is perhaps best known as a lymph mover and blood purifier. According to Ayurveda, the lymph (rasa) and blood (rakta) are the first tissues to become congested when the body is not detoxifng properly, and subsequently have a domino effect through the other five tissues of the body unless addressed properly in these early stages.

This model of the body tissues in succession makes it clear why Ayurveda places such great importance on keeping the lymph flowing at a good clip. The lymph is the seat of the immune system, and has a profound influence on the healthful appearance and function of the skin as the body’s largest detoxifying organ.

This vine-like plant “spreads” throughout the systems of the body, acting most powerfully on the arterial system, the circulatory system, and the skin. Its name literally means “bright red” and is a nod to its red roots, which according to Ayurveda is the lymph-moving and cleansing property of the plant. While other plants possessing a red root, including beets and Ceanothus americanus (also known as redroot), are also highly acclaimed as lymph movers, Manjistha is generally accepted as the most potent of the bunch.

From the point of view of the dhatus, Manjistha calms aggravated pitta and breaks up congested kapha. Many pitta-aggravated imbalances in the body, especially those of the blood, may be supported by Manjistha’s affinity for balancing pitta.

Because many menstrual problems are a result of congested lymph, Manjistha is superb support for the female reproductive system, especially during the child-birthing years.

Because of its effect on for the lymph, Manjistha is considered one of the best herbs for skin – supporting the skin in balancing everything from itchiness to rashes and breakouts. It is a celebrated overall rejuvenative for the complexion.

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Ayurvedic Overview

Taste (Rasa): Bitter, sweet, astringent
Energy (Virya): Cooling
Post-digestive quality (Vipaka): Pungent
Quality (Guna): Heavy, dry
Constitution Effect (Dosa): PK -, V+
Tissue (Dhatu): Plasma, Blood, Muscles, Bone
Channel (Srotas): Circulatory, female reproductive, excretory, bone

Common Symptoms of Lymphatic Congestion

  • Rings get tight on fingers
  • Soreness and/or stiffness in the morning
  • Feeling tired
  • Bloating / Holding on to water
  • Itchy skin
  • Weight gain and extra belly fat
  • Swollen glands
  • Low immunity
  • Brain fog
  • Breast swelling or soreness with each cycle
  • Dry skin
  • Mild rash or acne
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Mild headaches
  • Elevated histamine and irritation due to common environmental allergens
  • Occasional constipation, diarrhea, and/or mucus in the stools

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Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web. LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 700 articles and videos proving ancient wisdom with modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of 6 books, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other publications. He directs LifeSpa, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the year, in Boulder, CO. For more information visit www.lifespa.com.

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