Botanical Name Andrographis paniculata
Family Acanthaceae
Origin India
Description Bhunimb is a small annual plant with a height of 30-110 cm. The leaves are lanceolate, arranged in whorls of 4-7. The flowers are small and white with purple spots, borne in spreading terminal panicles. The fruit is a capsule with many seeds.
Parts Used The whole plant, especially the leaves and stem, are used for medicinal purposes.
Dose The recommended dose of Bhunimb varies depending on the form and intended use. It is typically used in decoctions, powders, or tablets.

Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Bhunimbadi Churna, Kalmeghasava, Mahatikta Ghrita
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) Not available
Ayurvedic Properties Guna (Quality): Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)
Rasa (Taste): Tikta (Bitter)
Vipak (Metabolism): Katu (Pungent)
Virya (Potency): Ushna (Hot)
Prabhav (Impact): Krimighna (Antimicrobial), Jwarahara (Fever reducing)
Other Names Sanskrit: Bhunimba, Kalmegha
Hindi: Kalmegh
Assamese: Kalmegha
Bengali: Kalmegh
Kannada: Nelabevu
Malayalam: Kiriyath, Nilavepp
Marathi: Kalmegh
Oriya: Bhuinimba
Telugu: Nelavemu


Distribution Bhunimb is native to India and Sri Lanka, but it is also found in other Southeast Asian countries.
Pharmacognosy The plant contains various phytochemicals such as andrographolide, flavonoids, diterpenes, and xanthones, which contribute to its medicinal properties.
Cultivation Bhunimb is cultivated in various parts of India, especially in the southern and eastern regions.
Physical Constituents Bitter taste
Chemical Constituents Andrographolide, flavonoids, diterpenes, xanthones


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