Abelmoschus Moschatus (Ambrette) – Latakasturi
Botanically, Abelmoschus Moschatus (also known as Ambrette and Latakasturi) shares same MALVACEAE family with Okra (Bhindi). It is also called Musk Okra and generally found in India. The Hindi Name of Abelmoschus Moschatus is KASTURI BHINDI and MUSKDANA.
Ambrette is also used in medicinal purposes and it helps in improving muscular strength and cures general debility. Ambrette seeds are most commonly used in diabetes. However, the excess use can also have side effects including indigestion and loss of appetite.
|Scientific Name||ABELMOSCHUS MOSCHATUS (HIBISCUS ABELMOSCHUS)|
|Plant Family||MALVACEAE (MALLOWS)|
|Hindi Name||KASTURI BHINDI, MUSHKDANA, JANGLI BHINDI, LATHA KASTHURI, Latakasturi|
|Sanskrit Name||KASTURI BHINDI|
|English Name||AMBRETTE, MUSK OKRA, MUSK MALLOW, YORKA OKRA|
|Other Names||ABELMOSK, BAMIA, MOSCHATA, GALU GASTURI, ORNAMENTAL OKRA, TROPICAL JEWEL HIBISCUS|
|Type of Plant||Perennial flowering plants|
|Native Range (Geographic Distribution)||India|
|Habitat (type of environment)||Warm temperate and tropical regions|
Botanical Classification (Taxonomy)
|Infra Kingdom||STREPTOPHYTA (land plants)|
|Division||TRACHEOPHYTA (TRACHEOPHYTES or Vascular Plants)|
|Sub Division||SPERMATOPHYTINA (SPERMATOPHYTES or Seed Plants)|
|Species||ABELMOSCHUS MOSCHATUS (AMBRETTE)|
- Ripe Seeds (Ambrette seeds)
- Immature capsules or seedpods or unripe pods (musk okra)
- New shoots
All parts of this plant are used in ayurvedic medicines and Traditional Indian Folk Medicines.
Mucilage substance collected from its roots is used in paper industries and flowers are used as flavoring agent.
Abelmoschus Moschatus (Ambrette) has following healing properties.
- Appetizer and Digestive stimulant (seeds are appetizers in less dosage, the excess dosage cause loss of appetite and indigestion)
- Demulcent (mucilage)
- Stomachic (tonic for stomach)
Abelmoschus Moschatus (Ambrette) is helpful in following health conditions.
- Constipation (seedpods and root mucilage)
- Loss of appetite (larger dosage can itself lead to loss of appetite)
Skin & Hairs
- Used as soothing and softening poultice
Kidney & Bladder
- Cystitis and Gonorrheal cystitis
- Dysuria (painful urination)
Ambrette Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Abelmoschus Moschatus (Ambrette) is nutritious and healthy wild vegetable. It also lowers cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis.
The fiber content in seedpods and mucilage substance in Abelmoschus Moschatus (Ambrette) helps reducing habit of constipation. It lubricates the gut and eases in passing stools. Ambrette is beneficial in constipation with dry and hard stools.
Dysuria (painful urination), Cystitis, Urethritis & Gonorrheal Cystitis
Ambrette seeds are used for their diuretic action in urinary diseases. Seeds also have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties due to which they help in reducing inflammation and infection of urinary tract and urinary bladder.
Indian folks use KASTORI BHINDI (Ambrette) in diabetes. Ambrette seeds are more beneficial for stabilizing sugar level in the blood.
The dosage of Ambrette seeds varies from 250 mg to 1 grams twice a day. The maximum dosage of Ambrette seeds should not exceed from 5 grams a day.
Musk Okra (Seedpods or fruits)
Indian folks also use Musk Okra as cooked vegetable in amount of 100 to 250 grams, so this amount is also safe.
Caution & Side Effects
You can eat Ambrette seedpods (fruits) as vegetable in food amounts. Ambrette as a vegetable is LIKELY SAFE.
It has more diuretic action as compared to Ladies’ Finger (Okra), so it may also make you urinate frequently.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Ambrette seedpods as vegetable is POSSIBLY SAFE in pregnancy and breastfeeding. The information about safety profile of Ambrette seeds in pregnancy and breastfeeding is unknown. Therefore, you should not consume Ambrette seeds in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
However, Ambrette seeds are used in diabetes, but they work alone and can interact with anti-diabetic drugs. Hence, they can cause treatment failure with both including Ambrette seeds and anti-diabetic drugs. For example, Ambrette seeds can hinder the absorption of anti-diabetic drug METFORMIN. It can cause excess blood glucose level due to treatment failure with METFORMIN. You require carefully monitoring the blood sugar level if you are using it for diabetes.