Ayurvedic Herbs (Letters Q – R)

 

Rasna {Pluchea lacneolata}

Rasna or Marmandi

 

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Balances Kapha
  2. Taste – Bitter
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Traditional Action: Purgative
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Help treats conditions like neuritis, sciatica and chronic inflammation of the nervous system, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as constipation and flatulence. 

 

Modern Research

Rasna and its components have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, anticancer, chemoprotective, immunomodulatory, and hepatoprotective effects. It has also been shown that pre-treatment with P. lanceolata attenuates cadmium chloride induced oxidative stress and genotoxicity by altering antioxidant enzymes and reducing chromatid breaks and micronuclei formation.