Indigo, True Indigo

Indigo, True IndigoSanskrit name: Nili
Botanical name: Indigofera tinctoria
Habitat: Its native habitat is unknown, but it is widely grown in Asia and Africa.

 

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Indigo as we all know has been cultivated by the Humans for preparing natural dyes, but it has been mentioned in Ayurveda for its therapeutic benefits. The roots of this herb are used for medicinal preparation by Ayurveda practitioners. Indigo acts as a stimulant and purgative which helps in treating digestive system disorders. It helps in pacifying Vata Dosha. It also possesses antiseptic properties.

Contraindications

No such information is available on side effects on this herb. Avoid use in pregnancy and lactation.

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