Name: MADAYANTIKA ( मेहँदी  )
Botanical name :Lawsonia inermis Linn.
Family : Lythraceae
Madayantika, Mendhi, Mendhika, Nakharanjani
Rasa    : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna   : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya   : Seeta
Vipaka : Katu
English  : Henna, Egyptian priven, Cypress shrub
Hindi  : Mehandi, Hena
Malayalam : Mailanji, Mayilanji
Distribution –  Cultivated through India; and in dry deciduous forests.
A large shrub grows up to 3 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, entire, lanceolate, with short petals. Flowers white numerous, fragrant seen in terminal panicled cymes. Fruits globose capsules, with persistent calyx. Seeds numerous, smooth and pyramidal. Propagation is by vegetative manner.

Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, pain, ulcer, edema, hair fall, graying of hair, burning sensation, headache, hepatitis, skin diseases, dysmenorrhea and anemia.
Useful part : Root, Leaves, Flowers, Seeds.
Research : World is endowed with a rich wealth of medicinal plants. There is a widespread belief that green medicines are healthier and more harmless or safer than synthetic ones. Medicinal plants have been used to cure a number of diseases. The ancient plant Lawsonia inermis or henna is used as medicinal plant because of its attributed strong fungicidal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, virucidal, antiparasitic, antiamoebiasis, astringent, antihemorrhagic, hypotensive, sedative, anticancer effect and possible anti-sweating properties. In this study, we investigated antifungal activity of L. inermis against clinical dermatophytes species. This study was carried out using 70 clinical isolates of dermatophytes representing six different species; 44 Trichophyton rubrum, 8 Trichophyton mentagrophytes, 6 Microsporum canis, 6 Trichophyton tonsurans, 4 Epidermophyton floccosum, and 2 Trichophyton violaceum. The antifungal activity of L. inermis (henna) was determined by agar diffusion method and henna was used as paste form. Henna paste showed the high antifungal activity against all dermatophytes species (20 to 50mm inhibition zone).
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