Abutilon Indicum (Indian Mallow – Atibala)
Botanically, Abutilon Indicum (also called Indian mallow in English and Atibala in Hindi) is an Indian medicinal plant used in Ayurveda. Indian mallow is beneficial in general debility, nervous disorders, headache, muscular weakness, heart diseases, bleeding disorders and paralytic disorders.
Ayurvedic physicians commonly use Indian mallow in joint pain, debility after chronic disease, Hemiplegia and facial paralysis. The oil prepared from Atibala and Bala is beneficial in all types of disorders of the nervous system, joint disorders and muscular dystrophy.
- 1 Botanical Description
- 2 Medicinal Parts
- 3 Medicinal Properties
- 4 Therapeutic Indications
- 5 Dosage
- 6 Caution & Side Effects
|Scientific Name||ABUTILON INDICUM|
|Hindi Name||ATIBALA, KANGI, KANGHI, KAKAHI, KANGHANI|
|Sanskrit Name||ATIBALA, KANKATIKA|
|English Name||INDIAN MALLOW, INDIAN ABUTILON|
|Other Names||ATIKHIRATE, KHAPATE|
Botanical Classification (Taxonomy)
|Infra Kingdom||STREPTOPHYTA (land plants)|
|Division||TRACHEOPHYTA (TRACHEOPHYTES or Vascular Plants)|
|Sub Division||SPERMATOPHYTINA (SPERMATOPHYTES or Seed Plants)|
|Genus||ABUTILON (Indian Mallow)|
|Species||ABUTILON INDICUM (Monkey bush – sweet)|
- Whole Plant
Generally, roots are used in medicines.
Abutilon Indicum (Indian mallow) has following healing properties.
Primary Action (all parts of plant)
- Nervine tonic
- Cardiac tonic
- Antidiabetic and hypoglycemic
- Cough suppressant
Dominance of Medicinal properties according to parts of plant
Mucilage (extracted from leaves)
Abutilon Indicum (Indian mallow) is helpful in following health conditions.
Brain & Nerves
- Facial paralysis
Heart & Blood
- Cardiac Debility
- Rapid heartbeat
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Used as uterine tonic
|Plant Part or Derivative||Dosage|
|Roots Powder||3 to 6 grams|
|Seed Powder||1 to 3 grams|
|Root extract||250 mg to 750 mg|
|Seed extract||125 mg to 500 mg|
The maximum dosage of Indian mallow (Abutilon Indicum) root or seed powder should not exceed from 12 grams per day.
Caution & Side Effects
Indian people use Atibala as supplement to keep body healthy and stay away from diseases related to nervous system and musculoskeletal disorders.
Indian mallow (Abutilon Indicum) is LIKELY SAFE in natural crude form of the plant parts. The dosage should not exceed from 12 grams per day. There is no information available for safety and efficacy of Indian mallow in heavy dosages. There are no side effects reported with recommended dosage.
The extract of roots and seeds of Indian mallow is not studied properly for safety, so you should not use extracts of Indian mallow.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Indian mallow (Abutilon Indicum) in natural form is POSSIBLY SAFE in pregnancy and breastfeeding, but you should avoid using its extract in pregnancy. Extract of Atibala may have side effects.