Centella asiatica

Botanical Name Centella asiatica
Common Name Brahmibuti
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Centella
Species: asiatica
Part used Whole plant and leaves.
Medicinal Properties Alterative, antidiarrhoeal, antidysenteric, antidiabetic, vulnerary, diuretic and tonic.
Medicinal Use It promotes memory, used mainly in the bowel complaints in children, applied both externally and internally as poultice and powder respectively in the treatment of leprosy and syphilitic ulcers.
ChemistryAmino acids, asiatic, asiaticoside, centic, centellic, centoic and pectic acids, carotene, centellose. Leaves: Protein, 3-glucosylquercetin, 3-glucosyl- and 7-glucosyl-kaempferols; root: polyacetylenes I-V.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatThroughout Rajasthan. Commonly found in waste places, gardens and shady localities.
DescriptionA prostrate herb, rooting at the nodes. Leaves: usually glabrous, orbicular-reniform, entire, crenate or lobulate. Bracts small, ovate. Flowers: white, borne in 3-6 flowered umbels. Fruits and seeds laterally compressed. Flowers and fruits from April-June.