Ayurveda has come up with an effective drug, which Siddha Vaidyars use to great advantage to prevent excessive bleeding. This is Imbural— this drug is prepared from a single herb and is effective in preventing excessive bleeding. It is especially useful in menorrhagia, where women experience excessive bleeding during the menstrual cycle. Imbural, the scientific name of which is Oldenlandia Umbellata, belongs to the family Rubiaceae. It is a herb, which has great styptic action and can stop all kinds of bleeding. It belongs to the same family as another popular Ayurvedic herb called Manjishta, from which a red dye is extracted.
Oldenlandia Umbellata is a herb with small white flowers and is found quite commonly all over India; mostly in the drier tracts. This herb has many uses and is mainly used to treat cold, cough, vomiting of blood, rakta pitta conditions and also as an antibacterial agent. A decoction of the leaves and bark is even prescribed for tuberculosis and asthma. The decoction is also used to wash poisonous bites. It has been used in many villages for the treatment of snake bites.
However, the primary use of Imbural remains as a very effective treatment for excessive bleeding during menstruation and is far superior to many allopathic treatments, which rely on hormones to control or regulate the flow. This allopathic approach has many unintended side effects as well. However, along with Asokadivati, menstrual problems can be tackled very well with our traditional medical systems.
Ancient ayurvedic practitioners were quite sensitive to using a particular herb for a particular health condition. The theories on what constituted good instruments of medical knowledge were considered to be Pratyaksha (direct perception), Anumana (inference) and Yukti (logical application).
Based on these basic principles, the usage of herbs was monitored and evaluated. Leading ayurvedic hospitals have revolutionized ayurvedic treatments based on these basic principles of yore.