Neelini – Indigofera tinctoria

An Overview, Dermatological Uses, Side effects and Risk factors

Family: Leguminosae
Latin name: Indigofera tinctoria
Charaka samhita: विरेचन
Sushruta samhita: अधोभागहर
English name: Indigo
Hindi name: Neel
Taste: Bitter
Nature: Hot
Parts used: Whole Plant

It is a perennial branching shrub that grows up to 2 M. It grows in a warm climate.

Phytochemical constituents:
Glycosides, Glucosides, Galactomannans, Indirubcin. The pigment INDIGOTIN which provides colour is in the form of Glycosides.

Mode of Action: Kapha Vata shamak


  • Stimulates nervous system


  • External application stimulates hair growth


  • External application: Lekhan karmaAntiinflammatory, Wound healing, Anodyne, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antidote, Anticancer, Anthelmintic
  • Detoxicant
  • Stomachic, Laxative, Stimulates liver
  • Hypoglycaemic
  • Expectorant
  • Diuretic
  • Antidote

Therapeutic Benefits: 


  • Epilepsy (Epilepsy with worms too)


  • Baldness


  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo
  • Erysipelas
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle sprains
  • Burns
  • Aphthous ulcers
  • Insect bites
  • Piles
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Swine flu
  • Jaundice, Hepatitis
  • Alzheimer disease, Bipolar disorder, Hysteria
  • Stricture after Gonorrhoea

Side effects and Risk factors:

UNSAFE in Pregnancy and Breast feeding when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.

– Dr. Malika Ahuja

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