A Review A Review on Pharmacognostic and Therapeutic Uses of Rubia cordifolia

  • Ayesha Ali PG Scholar, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
  • Mohd Aslam HOD, Professor, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
  • Shahid S Chaudhary Assistant Professor, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India


In today’s time research on plants has increased globally. There are thousands of plant species having good potential offering direct therapeutic effect individually or in combinations. Manjith a herbal drug also known as Indian madder with its botanical name Rubia cordifolia is an age old ethno-medicinal plant in India used as anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-bacterial, anti-androgenic, immune-modulator, hepato-protective, astringent, tonic, antiseptic, de-obstruent, anti-dysenteric and efficient blood purifier, hence is extensively used against blood, skin and urinary diseases. This study is aimed at assessing the scientific evaluation of desi Rubia cordifolia in the course of pharmacognostical analysis to identify its various parts and to differentiate it from various adulterants, which mainly covers the macroscopic and microscopic features and its medicinal properties which are due to its richness in phytoconstituents such as quinines (anthraquinones), glycosides, saponins, tanins, alkaloids, hexapeptides, triterpenoids, steroids, phenols, and saccharids.

Keywords: Rubia cordifolia, Manjith, Fooh, ethno medicinal plant, Unani, pharmacological study

Keywords: Rubia cordifolia, Manjith, Fooh, ethno medicinal plant, Unani, pharmacological study


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Ayesha Ali, PG Scholar, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

PG Scholar, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

Mohd Aslam, HOD, Professor, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

HOD, Professor, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

Shahid S Chaudhary, Assistant Professor, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

Assistant Professor, School of Unani Medical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India


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Ali A, Aslam M, Chaudhary SS. A Review A Review on Pharmacognostic and Therapeutic Uses of Rubia cordifolia. JDDT [Internet]. 15Nov.2020 [cited 26Nov.2020];10(6):195-02. Available from: http://jddtonline.info/index.php/jddt/article/view/4514