A Scientific Study on Manjishtha (Rubia Cordifolia) (With Special Reference to Non-Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers)

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Item Code: IDJ058
Publisher: Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan
Author: J. K. Ojha
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8170843134
Pages: 103 (40 Colour Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7" X 6.0"
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About the Book:

The author of this book had tried for the first time to carry on clinical and experimental work on the medicinal plants since 1965, in the Department of Dravyaguna, Institute of Medical Sciences, B.H.U. The book is the outcome of those steps in the fields of 'Dravyaprayog'. The plant named 'Manjishtha' (Rubia cordifolia) has been under application on human beings Vedic era, as a blood purifier. In the present book, 'Non-healing Diabetic foot Ulcer' has been made the target of clinical and experimental trial. The plant has been chosen for non-healing diabetic foot ulcer in 1978 and also for other blood diseases, looking at the pitiable condition of the patients.

The entire study has been divided into following sub-heading: Literary compilation on Manjishtha from Vedic period to present up dated published work on it. External and internal morphology of the plant. Phytochemical works including chromatography works on Manjishtha. Clinical and experimental work on Manjishtha with consistant scientific approach.

It has been proved that the plant 'Manjishtha' provides 80% success rate in healing and curing of non-healing diabetic foot ulcer with gangrene. The amputation of dead parts of the body is not required because it is healed and cured by the drug Manjishtha.

Still the work is in progress.

About the Author


Prof. J.K. Ojha was born in 1940 renowned Brahmin family of Varanasi district. After completing graduation and Post-graduation in Ayurveda, got his Ph.D. degree in "Dravyaguna" under Prof. P. V. Sharma from B.H.U. He has completed P.G.C. (in diabetes) from U.S.A. and become the incharge of Diabetic clinic in S.S. Hospital, B.H.U. He was selected and served in various academic and administrative cadres to teaching. He has served as the Professor of Dravyaguna and the Dean, Faculty of Ayurveda in B.H.U. till the date o f superannuation for 38 years. Selected member of excecutive council & senate in many central universities. He has also been a member of so many Government bodies of Indian Government. He was honoured as guest/featured speaker in countries like U.K., U.S.A., Germany, Italy, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Bangkok (Thailand), Honkong, Japan, Australia, France, New-caladonia, etc. He is an author of many books and some of them under publication. He has already published research chapters in the books from India and abroad. He has been chosen as who's who in diabetes treatment, education and research (U.S.A.). The author has been selected in Reference India, published from New Delhi, India. During the tenure of Deanship, he became nucleous in reopening of B.A.M.S. course in B.H.U. in 1998


Complications of diabetes stem out of its effect on several systems/organs in the body. The more dramatic ones one heart, kidney and brain are mediated through, besides other factors, the vessels. In the lower extremity particularly foot the complications of diabetes are mediated through not only the arteries but neurological damage and peculiar infection by organisms not otherwise infective in a non-diabetic. This triage of vascular deficiency, neurological damage and infection form a difficult clinical entity for the clinician to treat and for the patients to enduce.

Once again, the Ayurvedic treasures for effective efficacious, ever lasting and easily available treatment of diabetic foot has been unearthed the by Prof. J.K. Ojha in this treatise of masterly proportions in simple language and arrangements.

Nature and experiences are the two strong factors and the ability of Prof. Ojha to see seep in the past have produced this easily understood and most comprehensive work available on diabetic foot at pesent.

The review section is revealing in the properties of 'Manjishtha' recognized from Vedic period and confirmed by modern modern analytical method of the present times. This section is a treat to lead and absorb the treasure of information provided for 'Manjishtha'.

Prof. Ojha has added a chapter on Nama Vijnana (Nomenclature) helping the reader not of Ayurvedic background also to understand and benefit from this rich textual material recommended very strongly for reference material in the management of diabetes.






Chapter 1. History and Development  
  Vedic Period 1
  Samhita Period :  
  -Charaka Samhita (1000 BC-400 AD) 1
  -Sushruta Samhita (1000 BC-5 AD) 4
  -Ashtanga Hridaya (7th Century A.D.) 6
  -Ashtanga Samgraha 8
  Manjishtha in Chikitsa Granthas :  
  -Vrinda Madhava (9th Century A.D.) 9
  -Cikitsa Kalika (10th Century A.D.) 9
  -Chakradatta (11th Century A.D.) 10
  -Gada Nigraha (12th Century A.D.) 10
  -Sharngadhara Samhita (14th Century A.D.) 10
  -Bhava Prakasha (16th Century A.D.) 11
  -Yoga Ratnakara (17th Century A.D.) 11
  -Bhaishajya Ratnavali (18th Century A.D.) 11
  Manjishtha in Nighantu Literature:  
  -Ashtanga Nighantu 12
  -Dhavantari Nighantu 12
  -Nighantu Shesha 12
  -Shodhala Nighantu 12
  -Madanapala Nighantu 13
  -Kaiyadeva Nighantu 13
  -Bhava Prakasha Nighantu 13
  -Raja Nighantu 13
  -Rajavallabha Nighantu 14
  -Shaligrama Nighantu 14
  -Priya Nighantu 14
Chapter 2. Nama Vijnana 31
Chapter 3. Rupa Vijnana 34
Chapter 4. Guna-Karma Vijnana 37
Chapter 5. Prayoga Vijnana 46
Conclusion   59


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