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Gorakhmundi: Sphaeranthus indicus

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Gorakhmundi Powder 2 oz
6.25US$

Gorakhmundi Powder 4 oz
10.65US$

Gorakhmundi Powder 1/2 Lb
18.15US$

Gorakhmundi Powder 1 Lb
32.75US$

Gorakhmundi Capsules 60capsules
16.25US$

Useful in abnormal growth in any part of the body

Useful in management of seizures and epilepsy

Useful in inflammation and edema of foot like in filariasis or elephantiasis

Useful in enlargement of spleen

Has good antibacterial activity against gram positive organisms

Common Name:
East Indian Globe Thistle (Eng)

Sanskrit Name:

  • Mundi:
  • Shrawani:
  • Gorakhmundi:

Lt. Name:
Sphaeranthus indicus – Compositae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste) – Tikta (Bitter); Katu (Pungent)
  • Guna (Characteristics) – Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Un- unctuous)
  • Veerya (Potency) – Ushna (Hot)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect) – Katu (Pungent)

Chemical composition of Gorakhmundi Powder:

Methyl chavicol, a-ionone, d-cadinene, p-methoxy cinnamaldehyde as major constituents and a-terpinene,citral, geraniol, geranyl acetate, b-ionene, sphaerene, sphaeranthine as minor constituents of essential oil have been identified.

Effect of Gorakhmundi Powder on Tridoshas:

Gorakhmundi Powder pacifies all the three Doshas i.e. it can be used in all the diseases resulting from aggravation of any of the Doshas.

Home Remedial Uses of Gorakhmundi Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Medhya: In Ayurveda terminology; Medha means the retention power of brain and a supplement which improves this retention power is termed as Medhya. Sphaeranthus indicus Powder is one of the best Ayurveda herb to improve memory.
  • Ganda- Apachihara: In Ayurveda; Ganda and Apachi are the enlarged lymphatic nodes in different parts of body. Sphaeranthus indicus Powder is useful in such growths in any part of body.
  • Apasmarnashini: As said above Sphaeranthus indicus Powder improves the working of brain; it is a dietary supplement for seizures and epilepsy.
  • Shlipadanashini: In Ayurveda; Shlipada is a disease where the feet of the patient become swollen and hard like stone; it is compared with elephantiasis caused by filarial worm. Sphaeranthus indicus Powder corrects the fluid mechanism of body; ensures proper cleansing of extra fluids from lower parts of body and creates unfavorable environment for filarial worms; is useful in inflammation and edema of foot like in filariasis or elephantiasis.
  • Pleehahara: Sphaeranthus indicus Powder is one of the best herbal remedy for enlarged spleen.

Research done on Gorakhmundi Powder:

  • Petroleum ether extract of Gorakhmundi flowers Powder produces prominent anxiolytic activity in mice.
    • Pharmacological evaluation of the extracts of Sphaeranthus indicus flowers on anxiolytic activity in mice SD Ambavade, NA Mhetre, VD Tate, SL Bodhankar Department of Pharmacology, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Deemed University, Poona College of Pharmacy, Erandwane, Pune - 411 038, India
  • The Sphaeranthus indicus hexane extracts of flower and aerial parts showed good antibacterial activity against gram positive organisms. Flower extracts were more active than the aerial parts. Sphaeranthus indicus also possessed strong antifungal activity against Candida and other tested fungi.
    • Antimicrobial Activity of Sphaeranthus indicus L. V. Duraipandiyan, P. Kannan and S. Ignacimuthu Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 600 034
  • A bicyclic sesquiterpene lactone has been isolated from the petroleum ether extract of the aerial part of the Indian Composite Sphaeranthus indicus. The compound demonstrated strong antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, S. albus, Escherichia coli, Fusarium sp., Helminthosporium sp. and other microorganisms.
    • An Antimicrobial Principle from Sphaeranthus indicus L. (Family Compositae) S. K. Singh; K. M. Saroj; V. J. Tripathi; Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, INDIA; A. K. Singh;R. H. Singh Department of Kaya Chikitsa, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, INDIA
  • The various extracts of whole plant of Gorakhmundi at a dose of 200mg/kg and 400mg/kg body weight were investigated for analgesic and antipyretic activity. The petroleum ether, chloroform and ethanol extracts showed significant analgesic activity in both doses (p<0.001 & p<0.01) from 1 hour onwards as compared to standard drug diclofenac sodium. The chloroform and ethanol extracts showed potential significant antipyretic activity (p<0.05) from 1 hour onwards where as aqueous extracts exhibit activity from 2 hours onward as compared to the standard drug paracetamol amongst various extracts. The significant analgesic and antipyretic activity may be due to the presence of flavonoids. Flavonoids are known to target prostaglandins, which are involved in the late phase of acute inflammation and pain perception.
    • Analgesic and Antipyretic activity of whole parts of Sphaeranthus indicus Linn. B.K. Nanda, B.R.Behera, Dadhichi College of Pharmacy, Sundergram, Cuttack, Orissa J. Jena, B.Rath,Department of Pharmacology, V.S.S Medical College, Sambalpur, Orissa

Useful part of Gorakhmundi:

Whole Plant

Doses of Gorakhmundi:

Decoction 50- 100ml; Powder 3-6gm

Some combinations of Gorakhmundi Powder in Ayurveda:

Mundi Arka

Best Recommended Use of Gorakhmundi Powder in Ayurveda:

  • In migraine and pain in half head Sphaeranthus indicus juice should be taken with Maricha Churna (Piper nigrum powder) at least for one week.

- Gada Nigraha


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