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The Indian Pennywort Or Thankuni - 18

Indian  Pennywort  Or  Thankuni
The  Thankuni  in  coloquial  language  or  Indian  Pennywort  is  another  herb  which  has great  significance  in  the  world  of  Ayurveda.  The  Atharva  veda  has  several commentaries  attributed  to  the  pennywort  by  various  scholars  since  the  vedic  age.  It has  also  been  stated  that  lord  Indra  has  been  greatly  benefited  by  the  use  of pennywort.  The  Atharva  veda  highlightes  the  significance of  this  herb  by  informing the readers  its  power  of  rejuvination  of  the  merit  and  overall  physical  strength  and energy. Taking  the  cue  from  the  earlier  sages  Charak  and  his  contemporaries  after  a painstaking  introspection  over  their  commentaries  have  utilised  this  herb  as  a  remedy for  various  ailments. Except  Bengal  pennywort  is  rather  known  as  " Brahmi '  in  other parts  of  India  but  still  controversy  remains.  But  Brahmi  that  grows  in  Bengal  is  also known  as  pennywort  which is found  in  muddy  soil. Its  botanical  name  is  Bacopa monniera  (Linn)  Pennell  belonging  to  the  family  Scrophulariaceae. Pennywort  is actually  a  creeper plant.  A  very  significant  factor  that  still  remains   unsolved  is regarding  the  taste  of  its  juice from this  plant  as  mentioned  in  Charak  Susruta  is different  from what  we  find  today.  In  Bengal  the  pennywort  we  find  are  of  two  types one  with larger  leaves  and  the  other  shorter  ones.  The  last  one is  abundant  in Cooch-behar of Bengal.  This  in  particular  is  very  effective  during  dycentry  and  other stomach ailments.  The  botanical  name  is  Centella  japonica.  and  the  one  with  larger leaves is Centella asiatica  (Linn)  urban.  Both  belonging  to family  Umbellifarae.  Importance  of pennywort  and  uses:-  (1)  Five  to  six  drops  of  the  juice  slightly warmed and  mixed with  a  cup  of  milk  and  a  little  sugar  helps  to  bring  back  the  lost charisma  and galmour.  This  has  to  be  taken  on  a  regular  basis  for  a  considerable period.  Sugar should  be  avoided  for  those  suffering  from  acidity.  (2)  Those  who  are suffering  from hairloss  due  to  lack  of  proper  nutrition  the  juice  from the  leaves  of pennywort  taken in  the  procedure  mentioned  above  is  useful  to  a  great  extent.  (3) The  same  process of  taking  the  leaf  juice  stated  above  is  extremely  helpful  for  those who  suffer  from exccesive  sweating.  But  need  to  be  mentioned  that  this  has  to  be continued  for  a long  time  to  get  the  desired  result.  (4)  Improper  movement  of bowels  due  to mucus  formation  associated  with  gas  and  occassional  headache;  a lightly  warmed three  to  four  teaspoon  full  of  pennywort  juice  mixed  with  equal quantity  of  raw  milk is  a  good  antidote.  (5)  The  same  mixture  is  used  by  ayurvedists to  treat  patients suffering  from  habitual  amnesia but  added  to   one spoonful  of  honey and  half  cup  of  milk.  They  use  the  same  pennywort  as  " Brahmi "  too.  However forgetfulness  takes  place  due  to  lack  of  proper  nutrition  also.  (6)  For  a  normal  wound  where    nothing  is  found  at  hand  pennywort  leaf  boiled  in hot  water  and  washing  the  affected  area  with  this  liquid  acts  as  a  good  antidote  on  the  other  hand  clarified  butter  from  the  juice  of  this  plant  too  is  a  good  remedy.  Chemical  Composition:-  Acids  viz.  pecific  acid,  centotic  acid,  centellic  acid.  Alkaloids  viz.  hydrocotyline,  vellarine.  Steroids  viz.  betasitosterol,  gamasitosterol.  Glycosides  viz.  asiaticoside,  resinous  substances.  Fat.
















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