Health benefits of Premna integrifolia

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Agnimantha Quick Facts
Name: Agnimantha
Scientific Name: Premna integrifolia
Colors Black, dark purple
Shapes Drupe, obovoid– globose, 3-6 mm long
Taste Root: bland
Agnimantha scientifically known as Premna serratifolia is a large and thorny deciduous shrub or tree that reaches 9 meters high along Indian and Andamans coast. It occurs in the plains of Assam and in Khasi hills. Roots and leaves in Ayurveda is used for various health ailments. Roots are regarded to be stimulant, astringent, laxative, liver tonic, antibacterial and carminative. Infusion of leaves with pepper is used for treating cold and fever. Leaf sap is used to alleviate headaches. In Vietnamese traditional medicine, leaves are used for treating dysuria, indigestion and dysentery.

  1. Loss of appetite and malabsorption

Agnimantha roots act as digestive and appetizer that promotes appetite and assist digestion. It is an Ayurvedic herb and helpful for people in digesting foods, drowsy, heaviness in abdomen and tiredness after having a meal. It reduces the symptoms and promotes assimilation of food. Take 120 grams of Agnimantha roots which was taken in 480 grams of drinkable water and boiled. It is known as Agnimantha Water or Agnimantha Pani. People with poor appetite should consume it before food and people with poor digestive capacity should take it after meal.

  1. Lymphadenitis

Agnimantha is effective to alleviate pain, inflammation and swelling of lymph nodes which occurs in lymphadenitis. In lymphadenitis, root powder of Agnimantha should be consumed 2 grams daily with water. Moreover, apply the herbal paste of fresh Agnimantha leaves and bamboo leaves to swelling.

  1. Neuralgia

Dashmool is managing Neuralgia and decoction helps to form Agnimantha roots helps to treat neuralgia. It effectively lowers stabbing pain. It promotes the supply of blood to the brain and soothes affected nerves that treat Neuralgia.

  1. Obesity

Leaves of agnimantha have anti-obesity effects and boosts metabolism. The leaves juice is used for lowering weight and promote metabolism of the fat and prevent accumulation of fats. Take the leaf juice (20 ml) twice daily for three months to get best results.

  1. Urticaria

Roots of Agnimantha help to treat urticarial. It has anti-urticaria, anti-allergic and antipruritic action that helps to lower itching, hives and prickling pain. Use 2 grams Agnimantha root powder with 125 mg Yashad Bhasma. Continue to use for 1 to 2 weeks.

  1. Chyluria

Root decoction is used for treating Chyluria. It is also used in combination of Haritaki decoction.

Traditional uses

  • In Indian system of medicine, roots are used to treat various ailments.
  • It is used for treating cold, fever and gonorrhea.
  • Rub the leaves with pepper for fevers and colds.
  • Fresh leaves decoction is used for vaginal irritation.
  • Use the leaves decoction for bathing infants and treating beriberi.
  • Leaves extract is used to clean wounds, ticks and fleas.
  • Apply the leaves over bladder to facilitate urination.
  • Apply the leaves externally to tumors and piles.
  • Use the leaf decoction for flatulence.
  • Flowers are used for neuralgia rheumatism, fever and cold.
  • The tea made from leaves possess analgesic effects and used for treating backaches.

Agnimantha dosage

  1. Agnimantha Root or Bark Powder Dosage

Children: 250 mg to 1 gram

Adults: 1 to 3 grams

Maximum possible dosage: 6 grams per day (in divided doses)

*Note: Twice a day with warm water after the intake of food.

  1. Agnimantha Decoction Dosage

Prepare decoction with 25 grams of coarse powder of Agnimantha roots or bark in 400 ml water. Boil till it reduces to 100 ml Agnimantha liquid. The general dosage is:

Children: 10 to 50 ml

Adults: 50 to 100 ml

Maximum possible dosage: 6 grams per day (in divided doses)

*Note: Twice a day and 30 minutes before meal or 2 hours after meal.

  1. Agnimantha Juice Dosage

The general dosage is as follows:

Children: 2.5 to 5 ml

Adults: 10 to 20 ml

Maximum possible dosage: 40 ml per day (in divided doses)


  • Agnimantha is safe when used in natural form or in the form of juice, powder and decoction.
  • Avoid during pregnancy due to information lacking.
  • Safe to use by lactating mothers.






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