Abutilon Indicum (Indian Mallow – Atibala)

0

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.

Botanical Description

Basic Information

Scientific NameABUTILON INDICUM
Plant FamilyMALVACEAE
Hindi NameATIBALA, KANGI, KANGHI, KAKAHI, KANGHANI
Sanskrit NameATIBALA, KANKATIKA
English NameINDIAN MALLOW, INDIAN ABUTILON
Other NamesATIKHIRATE, KHAPATE

Botanical Classification (Taxonomy)

KingdomPLANTAE
Sub-KingdomVIRIDIPLANTAE
Infra KingdomSTREPTOPHYTA  (land plants)
Super DivisionEMBRYOPHYTA
DivisionTRACHEOPHYTA (TRACHEOPHYTES or Vascular Plants)
Sub DivisionSPERMATOPHYTINA (SPERMATOPHYTES or Seed Plants)
ClassMAGNOLIOPSIDA
Super OrderROSANAE
OrderMALVALES
FamilyMALVACEAE (Mallows)
GenusABUTILON (Indian Mallow)
SpeciesABUTILON INDICUM (Monkey bush – sweet)

Medicinal Parts

  • Roots
  • Seeds
  • Whole Plant

Generally, roots are used in medicines.

Medicinal Properties

Abutilon Indicum (Indian mallow) has following healing properties.

Primary Action (all parts of plant)

  • Nervine tonic
  • Anodyne
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cardiac tonic
  • Antidiabetic and hypoglycemic
  • Carminative
  • Laxative
  • Antioxidant

Secondary Action

  • Antipyretic
  • Cough suppressant
  • Hepato-Protective
  • Antibacterial
  • Hematogenic

Dominance of Medicinal properties according to parts of plant

Leaves

  • Demulcent
  • Laxative
  • Diuretic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Sedative

Seeds

  • Laxative
  • Expectorant
  • Demulcent

Roots

  • Diuretic

Stem bark

  • Diuretic
  • Astringent

Mucilage (extracted from leaves)

  • Diuretic
  • Demulcent

Therapeutic Indications

Abutilon Indicum (Indian mallow) is helpful in following health conditions.

Brain & Nerves

  • Paralysis
  • Facial paralysis
  • Hemiplegia

Heart & Blood

  • Cardiac Debility
  • Rapid heartbeat

Digestive Health

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Women Health

  • Used as uterine tonic

Dosage

Plant Part or DerivativeDosage
Roots Powder3 to 6 grams
Seed Powder1 to 3 grams
Root extract250 mg to 750 mg
Seed extract125 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.

Ayurvedic Consultation

You might also like

Ask a Question

Your email address will not be published.

Check your email inbox and verify your email for approving your comment.