Bharngi (Clerodendrum serratum) is woody medicinal shrub which is native to
tropical and warm temperate regions and found throughout India up to an altitude
of 1500m. In Sanskrit meaning of Bharangee is glorious. Its tree has height
of about 2 to 8 feet. Its root, stem and leaves are use for medicinal purpose.
Bharangee plant has anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-asthmatic, anti-tumour
activities. It Pacifies vata and kapha, promotes pitta.
In Ayurveda Bharangee is indicated for respiratory problems and used in
preparation of various Ayurvedic drugs for curing the same. It has pungent,
astringent in taste and hot in potency. It is useful in cough, breathlessness,
wound, swelling, liver problems and neurological disorders. The decoction
prepared from its leaves has bronchodilator activities.
Bharangi is not a toxic plant. Its leaves and flowers can be eaten in form
of vegetable. These leaves improve appetite and has expectorant activity. Its
roots have liver protecting, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory activities. In
some part of India its root is used to treat Jaundice.
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serratum (Linn.) Synonym: Rotheca serrata
Sanskrit: Angaravalli, Padma, Brahmanayashtika, Barbura,
Hindi: Bharangi, Bharngi
English: Blue glory, Beetle killer
Bengali: Bamunhatee, Bamanhatee, Bhuijam
Urdu: Bharangi, Baharangi
Medicinal uses of Bharngi
Here are few remedies that can be done at home using Bharngi
(Clerodendrum serratum) to cure various ailments. These are based on
its traditional use all across country
Asthma, bronchitis Prepare decoction of its root and drink twice a day
for three days to get relief from cough, asthma and bronchitis.
Liver problem Prepare decoction of its root (1/2 teaspoon) and drink
twice a day for three days to cure liver problems.
Tuberculosis Prepare decoction of Bharangi panchang (all five part of
plant) and take twice a day.
Headache, migraine Grind roots of Bharangi and apply on forehead for
few hours. This gives relief in headache.
For eye problems Grind leaves of Bharangi and make poultice. Apply this
poultice on eyes.
Thyroid problem, galgand rog (Mumps), goitre Wash and dry roots of
Bharangi. Grind to make powder. Take thus prepared churna (3 gm) with Trikatu
churna (3 gm) twice a day with lukewarm powder.
Cyst, fibroid in uterus, raktagulm Prepare decoction of Bharangi
panchang (3gm), add few drops of mustard oil in water. Take twice a day.
Prepare decoction of
Bharangi panchang and take twice a day.
Skin diseases, boils, herpes Apply Bharangi leaves juice on affected
Drink decoction of its Bharangi panchang. This helps to purify blood
Muscular pain, muscular problem in kids For treating pain in muscles
Prepare homemade oil using Bharangi leaves. Take Bharangi leaves juice (800 ml)
and cook on low flame. Add mustard oil (200 ml) mustard oil and cook at low
flame till all water evaporates. Use this oil for massaging. You can
prepare this oil in fewer amounts by using juice and oil in ratio 4:1.
Stomach problems Prepare powder of its seed and take frequently in