Latin name: Plumbago zeylanica Linn. (Plumbaginaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Chitraka
White Leadwort has been mentioned in travelogues by European writers on Indian herbs. The herb has a number of widely therapeutic properties, when combined with other herbs. White Leadwort is an anti-inflammatory, stimulates the gastro-intestinal tract and has antiseptic properties.
Plumbagin is the active chemical constituent found in the herb, which gives White Leadwort its therapeutic properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- As an anti-inflammatory, a poultice made with White Leadwort soothes muscle and joint pains.
- Due to its antiseptic property, the herb speeds up the wound healing process.
- It also stimulates the mucus membrane of the digestive organs, which treats gastrointestinal disorders.