Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) is a wonderful Ayurvedic herb that holds various health benefits. One of all its benefits it helps to maintain healthy skin. Acharya Charaka has considered it as varnya. Varnya means the one that improves complexion. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. The roots of Manjishtha have amazing results on blood, skin, and urinary conditions. Above all, it is one of the best blood purifiers that help to keep skin clean and glowing.

Ayurvedic Properties of Manjishtha

  • Quality (Guna) – Heavy, dry
  • Taste (Rasa) – Sweet, bitter, astringent
  • Potency (Virya) – Hot
  • Taste after digestion (Vipaka) – Pungent
  • Effect on doshas – Balances Pitta and Kapha.

Manjistha is rich in chemical constituents like purpurin, munjistin, and xanthopurpurin.

How to use Manjistha for acne and hyperpigmentation?


  • Acne can occur at any age but, mostly it is seen during puberty.
  • Sebaceous glands produce a variety of fat.
  • This fat creates an environment for acne to grow.

How to use Manjistha in acne?

Method 1

  • Mix manjishtha root powder with neem powder.
  • Add little water and make a paste.
  • Apply this all over the face.

Method 2

  • Manjistha is one of the best blood purifiers.
  • Internal use will effectively help to reduce acne.
  • Drinking Manjistha tea once or twice a day may help to reduce acne.

Acne Spots:

Acne mostly leaves spots on the face. Use of Manjistha may help to reduce acne spots quickly.

How to use Manjistha in hyperpigmentation?

  • Take Manjishtha root powder and turmeric.
  • Mix them with raw milk.
  • Apply it in the hyperpigmented area every day.

This article is for educational purpose only. Kindly consult your Ayurvedic physician for your health problems.