Medicinal Plants in Manipur

Blumea balsamifera

Common Name – Langthrei

Parts Used: Whole plant

Uses: The whole plant is used in insomnia, as expectorant and in cough. Leaf extract stabilizes high blood pressure and acts as a relieve from body pain.

Calotropis gigantea

Common Name – Angkot

Parts Used: Whole Plant

Uses: The fresh leaves are applied as dry fomentations on swellings. The dried bark of the roots is an excellent substitute for Ipecacunha, which is used in the treatment of dysentery. Milky juice is regarded as caustic and drastic purgative. It is used in toothache, fractures and dog bites.

Cassia tora

Common Name – Thounam

Parts Used: Seed

Uses: Raw seeds are used as laxative, painkiller for headache, constipation and hypertension. Leave and seed paste is also used in skin diseases.

Chenopodium album

Common Name – Monshaobi

Parts Used: Whole Plant

Uses: The plant is carminative, laxative, anthelmintic, diuretic and tonic. It is used to cure peptic ulcer, dyspepsia, seminal weakness and liver enlargement. It also acts as blood purifier. It is rich in iron and acts as a stimulant during spleen disorders.

Coix lacryma-jobi

Common Name – Chaning

Parts Used: Seed

Uses: Seed is used as blood purifier and also as tonic. Seed powder paste is used in gout and in the local drink preparation.

Costus speciosus

Common Name – Khongban takhelei

Parts Used: Rhizome

Uses: Decoction of rhizome is used to cure urinary troubles and dissolve stones. Pounded rhizome and black pepper are boiled in water and extract is taken orally to treat any kind of body pain.

Dioscorea bulbifera

Common Name – Ha

Parts Used: Leaf and tuber

Uses – The leaves are used as pain killer. The tubers are used in hemoptysis, epistaxis, pyogenic infections, scrofula, orchtis, sprains and various injuries.

Drymaria cordata

Common Name – Tandan-pambi

Parts Used: Whole Plant

Uses: Plant is used in phthisis, hectic fever, dyspepsia and cough. Hot-fomentation of the plant can be applied externally during muscular sprains. The apical portion is used in nasal blockade, fever, cold, throat discomfort and painful menstruation.

Alpinia galanga

Common Name – Kanghoo

Parts Used: Rhizome

Uses: Fresh rhizome is applied to ringworm and other skin diseases. It wards off intestinal worms, high body temperature and acts as an abortifacient. The paste is also applied in leucoderma and regulates blood circulation.

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  1. We are looking at sourcing various herbs & formulations from Manipur for reselling. Kindly lead us to a few manufacturers / suppliers. We got one no of LL Agrotech, imphal but there mobile nos are incorrect. since you are the window to Nort east, we seek your help in finding suppliers .

    1. Dear Shri Bhalla,
      Thank you for your mail. With regard to your queries, we do not have any ready information concerning your requirement. You may however contact us through our official email – editor.thenew@gmail.com citing the specific requirement. Our experts in the field will then get in touch with the relevant quarters and link you. Regards, Editor

  2. Sir,
    If you could provide pictures or photographs of the plant along with their local name, it will be great help to recognise the plants.
    Thank you.


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