Aug 24, 2013

Dronapushpi - Thumbai

Dronapushpi - Thumbai, Guma,Leucas aspera‎

Botanical Name: Leucas aspera‎
Bengali: Bara Halkusha, Dandakolos, Dhrupy
Gujarati: Zina panno kubo
Hindi: Guma, halkusa
Tamil: Thumbai
Kannada: Devva tumbe, hasiru tumbe
Konkani: Tumbo
Malayalam: Tumba
Marathi: Guma
Nepali: Gummi
Punjabi: Gomobati, Gumma, Mal-bheda
Sanskrit: Dronapushpi
Telugu: Tummi

Leucas aspera is a species within the Leucas genus and the Lamiaceae family. Although the species has many different common names depending on the region in which it is located, it is most commonly known as Thumbai. Found throughout India, it is known for its various uses in the fields of medicine and agriculture

Medicinal Uses:
- Cold Tamil Medicine by using Thumbai medicinal plant: Take the 1tsp of thumbai juice from leaves and add few drops of honey. Have this three times a day.

- Cold headache home remedy by using thumbai flower: Add a bunch of thumbai flower in coconut oil and boil for five minutes. Apply the oil regularly for your hair scalp.

- Wash a bunch of thumbai leaves, mint leaves, and coriander leaves. Prepare thuvaiyal in the usual Tamil manner. This will cure your constipation problem.

- Have 1 table spoon of Thumbai leaves juice mixed with 1 glass of cumin seed boiled water to get rid of gastric problem.

- Boil a bunch of thumbai poo and leaves in a cup of water and extract the juice. Drink one or two tsp before each meal. This treatment is one of the best Pitham home remedies.

- Collect a bunch of tender thumbai laves boil with green gram dal. Add salt and chillies mash it nicely and have daily once with rice. This will cure the Tonsillitis problems naturally.

- Take a bunch of thumbai leaves, grind nicely and have 1tsp daily with warm cow’s milk.

Siddha Medicinal Uses:
- The samoolam of this plant is crushed and boiled with water, the steam is used for inhalation in conditions like nasal congestion, cough, cold, fever, headache etc.

- For unconsciousness due to the toxicity of snake bite, the juice of leaves is used as nasal drops. Also the leaves are given internally for best results.

- For sinusitis, the flower juice is used for nasiyam.

- For continuous headache, juice of flower is used for nasiyam.

- For muppini, the flowers are soaked in breast milk and then applied over eyes.

- The oil prepared by using the flowers are effective in headache, sinusitis etc.

- For intestinal worms in children, the juice of flowers and leaves are given internally or a decoction is prepared of it.

- For scorpion bite, the constant rubbing of leaves over effected area can provide relief. 

Note: Siddha treatment is based on complete physical examination of the patient, Naadi diagnosis, and other diagnostic criteria of the disease. The content given in this article is purely meant for information and education purpose only. Kindly consult a Siddha physician before any sort of self medication.

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