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Home Remedies and health benefits of Abutilon indicum


Abutilon indicum Lalithamba from India, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Abutilon indicum is a herbaceous plant which has been traditionally known for its medicinal uses. The leaves are toothed and it bears solitary yellow flowers which bloom in the evening. The seeds are dark brown or black. The whole plant including the root, bark, flowers and seeds are used as natural cure for various symptoms. Abutilon indicum is used for treating digestive problems like IBS. It also has tremendous health benefits for women's health and is used as a uterine tonic.

Botanical name - Abutilon indicum

Common Name - Indian Mallow

Sanskrit - Atibala, Kantika

Tamil - Thuthi

Hindi - Kanghi

5 Major Health Benefits of Abutilon indicum

Abutilon indicum has been used extensively as a home remedy in traditional Chinese and Indian form of medicine. In folk medicine, the plant is reportedly used for treating fever, cough, lung disease and urinary diseases. They are also used to treat deafness, ringing in the ears, mumps and pulmonary tuberculosis. In Ayurveda, the whole herb is used to treat Hemorrhoids, Diabetes and Menorrhoea.

The leaves are used as a demulcent, aphrodisiac, laxative, sedative and diuretic. The leaf extracts also shows hypoglycemic activity in rats. The bark is astringent and diuretic. The seeds are considered to be a laxative, expectorant and demulcent. The whole plant is uprooted dried and made into a powder to be used as a laxative and tonic. It is also anti-inflammatory and anthelmintic. The roots are diuretic and is prescribed in fever and urethrities. It is also used in the cure of leprosy.

In Ayurveda, it is said to improve immunity and strength. The roots of the herb are used to extract an oil which is used in ayurvedic medicine to treat various ailments. The oil is also used to treat swollen and painful joints. The extract of the plant is also used to relieve thirst and inflammation of the bladder. The flowers are used to increase semen in men, and the flower paste is used to treat boils and ulcers.

Research has shown that the medicinal properties of Abutilon indicum include anti-inflammatory, lipid lowering, analgesic, antioxidant and antibacterial. It is also antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antimycotic, anti-diarrhoeal and anti-convulsant. More on the health benefits of Abutilon indicum

1. Abutilon indicum for Piles

Atibala seed paste might have health benefits for piles because of its laxative property. It helps to loosen the stools and promotes bowel movement. This helps in the easy excretion of stools thus helping to cure piles.

Abutilon indicum for Asthma

Clinical studies done on Indian asthmatic patients has proved the effectiveness of the herb in decreasing the severity of asthmatic symptoms and improving various lung functions. In the study on the efficacy of Abutilon indicum in the treatment of bronchial asthma, 30 patients in the age group 15-80 years with mild to moderate asthma were given a powder of the aerial parts of the plant. After four weeks of treatment, there was a significant improvement in various parameters of pulmonary functions in asthmatic subjects. Significant improvement was also observed in clinical symptoms and severity of asthmatic attacks. Researchers believe that the anti-inflammatory activity and mast cell stabilizing activity in A. indicum may be the mechanism responsible for anti-asthmatic activity.

Abutilon indicum for Diabetes

Another study in Thailand on rodents, found that "aqueous extract from the A indicum plant has antidiabetic properties, which inhibited glucose absorption and stimulated insulin secretion. Phytochemical screening also revealed that the extract contained alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, glycosides, and saponins that could account for the health benefits of the plant extract."

Abutilon indicum for Arthritis

Abutilon indicum is anti-inflammatory as well as an analgesic, according to both in-vitro as well as in-vivo studies. In a in-vitro study on the anti-arthritic activity of A. indicum, various anti-arthritic pharmacological models were studied, where the herbal extract showed dose dependent activity which was found to be better than that of acetyl salicylic acid, which we know is responsible for the anti-inflammatory action of aspirin. Abutilon indicum helps to manage the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, by working on the central nervous system and by reducing inflammation in the joints

Abutilon indicum for Cough

Atibala has expectorant properties and hence may be good for cough. It helps to secrete the sputum from the respiratory airways, thus clearing congestion and making it easy to breathe.

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Natural Home Remedies with Abutilon indicum

Abutilon indicum has many health benefits ranging from elimanation of thread worms to colds and fevers. Abutilon indicum benefits also include treating piles and the symptoms of tuberculosis. It is a sweet and cooling herb.

Abutilon indicum Side Effects:

Diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels closely when taking this herb as it is anti-diabetic.

Heart patients should consult their doctor before having this herb.

Pregnant women should check with their doctor before consuming this herb.

The Ayur Times says, that "Abutilon Indicum is LIKELY SAFE in natural crude form of the plant parts. The dosage should not exceed from 12 grams per day.......you should not use extracts of Indian mallow."



Further Reading

Anti-inflammatory health benefits of Abutilon indicum

Antidiabetic health benefits of Abutilon indicum

Therapeutic Benefits of Abutilon indicum

Investigation into the Mechanism of Action of Abutilon indicum in the Treatment of Bronchial Asthma