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Thumbai Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Leucas Aspera, Leucas Cephalotes
Hindi Name
Drona Pushpi, Gophaa
Chinese Name
Feng Chao Cao

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Thumbai Cures


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Nutrients in Thumbai

Taste of

Nature of


Parts Used

Dried Whole Plant, Leaves, Flowers, Root

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Thumbai

Excess dosage may cause increased burning sensation.
Nasal administration of its juice extract should only be done by an expert.
Need caution, if to be used during pregnancy.
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Thumbai is a plant.
It is an annual.
It grows in a tropical climate.
It grows up to 60 Cm.
Best used for Asthma.


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Thumbai General

Thumbai possesses Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Antinociceptive and Cytotoxic property. It is used traditionally to treat Scorpion Bites. A constant rubbing of leaves on the effected area provides relief.
The juice of leaves of the plant are used to reduce unconsciousness caused by toxicity of Snake bite. The juice drops are put into nasal.
It helps in reducing Fever. The juice of the flowers of the plant are used to treat Sinusitis, Headache and Intestinal worm infection in children. For Intestinal worms, the juice of leaves and flowers is used internally or as a decoction.
The parts of the plant including leaves, stem. bark are crushed and boiled in water. The steam aids in treating number of conditions. It treats Nasal Congestion, Cough, Cold, Headache, Fever, Sinusitis and Intestinal worms in children.
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Thumbai for Respiratory Diseases

Crush the plant of Thumbai. Boil it in water. Inhale the steam.

Thumbai for Snake Bite

Chew few leaves of Thumbai plant.
OR : Use leave juice of Thumbai as Nose Drops. It is to be used to treat unconsciousness due to Snake Bite.

Thumbai for Sinusitis

Apply flower juice of Thumbai on your Nose.

Thumbai for Ascaris

Take 1 tsp juice of either flowers or leaves of Thumbai twice a day.
OR : Make a decoction with leaves and or flowers of Thumbai. Drink 5 ml of it twice a day.

Thumbai for Scorpion Sting

Rub leaves of Thumbai constantly over Scorpion Bite.
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Venkat ( Singapore )
06 Mar 2016
Dear Sir
I am 68 years old male. My left leg (below the knee upto my toes) has been swollen for the past 1 month. I have gone for weekly acupuncture but the swelling has not subsided. For your information, I do not have any medical problem except occasional headaches.
Please advise me if there is any herbs which will help to relieve the leg swelling . I have confidence on herbal treatment.
Thank you
11 Mar 2016
Dear Venkat
It is advised that you take Ashwagandha powder daily with milk before going to bed. The herb is hot in nature , so a quarter tea spoon of powder would be enough. Also, there is a Herb called Mahayograj Guggal. Take 2 tablets daily. Morning and evening. This herb will provide the relief from pain and shall take care of the swelling as well. Make a paste of 5 to 6 fresh leaves of Bilva. You may apply them on the affected area or also eat them to reduce the inflammation from inside. It is advised that you always consult your health care provider before taking any Herb.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
MUHAMMAD HANIF ( Pakistan/Karachi )
02 May 2016
Hello there! When I saw this round herb at a herbal shop I asked him what was that for. He told me that it's name is Tumba and used for diabetes. I got surprised and asked him how? He told me take two them and cut take out inside contents and rub on the soles of both feet. After 20 to 30 minutes your throat and mouth will become sour. Then remove these and throw. Next day take two new. Do it for ten days and keep in touch with your sugar level. FYI I have type 2 diabetes. I have seen a clip on Facebook, but doing the same with bitter gourd - KARELA. For Tumba I had no idea. Please assist and guide. Thanks and best regards.

09 Jun 2016
Dear Muhammad Thumbai is the Herb which has shown good results in curing type 1 Diabetes. The method you have mentioned is also one of the ways to take it. Other is : to take 10 gms thumba juice with 2 black pepper everyday. If you are already doing it with Karela, it is good, since you are suffering from type 2 Diabetes and this is quite an effective method. In addition to this you may prepare a decoction of-
30 leaves of each : Neem leaves, Bael leaves, Jamun leaves and Tulsi leaves.
Store this decoction in the refrigerator and drink 2 teaspoons twice in a day. Try this for a month and keep a check on your sugar levels.
Good luck!!
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
19 Jul 2017
Yes it is right. You can try
Roopam mehta ( India / Haryana )
03 Jun 2016
Side effects of thumbai ?
09 Jun 2016
Dear Roopam
Excess of everything is bad. so you must avoid it's over dosage as, it may cause increased burning sensation. If, you are going for it's nasal administration (of its juice extract ), then we advise you to do it only in the supervision of an expert
Need caution, if to be used during pregnancy.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
02 Feb 2018
Sir I get high blood pressure whenever I use it
What should I do?
Vicky bruce
04 Apr 2019
Dear sir, Exess dosage has been taken by my master. How to overcome from these.i will give his phone no 9952052027 . His name vicky bruce from Tamil nadu, India. Kindly help if you have any remedies.
J Saravanan ( India / Tamilnadu )
07 Aug 2016
I have Eczema in both the legs and in some places in the hands, for more than 10 years. It causes severe itching and burning sensation on scratching. Can I use Thumbai leaves for curing Eczema.
24 Aug 2016
J Saravanan
Take a few leaves of Banyan tree and make a paste. Apply on the affected parts. Apply olive oil on the affected region thrice a day with cotton ball.
Other very effective cure is Neem Just crush a few neem leaves, mix it with 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and apply it on your skin. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse your face.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Manju ( India /Tamilnadu )
08 Oct 2016
Dear sir
I am Manju from one month I am suffering from itching throughout the body mainly in the hands palms and foot's.I took some medicines from allopathic,aurvedic,skin specialist,last homeopathy. They all told due to heat,some allergy.... With in this period I got soling's like mosquito bites that is the starting.when I take citrazin tablet it got away , but the thing is itching is the problem. Now I think due to some insect bite it may causing. I steady more. About Herbal plant THUMBAI. So I need how to prepare herbal medicine from the plant. Sir please I need the reply soon......
Sanchit Jamur
17 Oct 2016
Since when are you suffering from this problem ? Have you noticed any other symptoms ? You said that whenever you take citrazine, the allergy goes away. You need to be very observant and pay attention while eating anything. Or getting exposed to sunlight or dust. And it is advised that you consult your own doctor. As, you need to be physically diagnosed. Yes, Thumbai is the herb which is used to cure Insect Bites. But use it only, if you are sure of it. Assumption won't work here.
Chandramathy ( India. Tamilnadu )
03 Nov 2016
Dear Sir,
I am Chandramathy from T.N. My sibling is having psoriasis for the last three years. Clinically diagnosed. But he is not interested in taking allopathy medicines even at its worst conditions of long cuts and bleeding from his foot (souls). Since Nilavembu is too bitter he used to apply externally very occasionally only. I humbly request you sir to help him to cure his disease. We will be very grateful to you if he regains his self confidence as early as possible. Thank you sir and thank God Dhanwanthari too for his grace on you.
Iksa Desai
17 Nov 2016
The herb for him is Psorinum 200. Take one dose of this herb. Do not repeat the dose. Ask your sibling that his will power is as important as the remedy he is taking. Always boost his morale. He must know that faith brings about the cure.
Shalu Verma ( India )
30 Dec 2016
I am 37 yrs old female, suffering from Diabetic since 6 yrs when i conceive for my IInd baby. I am consuming dry kodtumba fruit power (Colocynthis Citrullus ) from two months and i find reduction in my sugar levels. Now i want to know about side affects of this herbs and also want to know that how much quantity i should consume and how long.
Karuna Gogna
18 Jan 2017
Shalu. Do not take it in excess. It will cause burning sensation. I would advise that now you stop the consumption of this herb and instead try Gudmar. It is very effective for Sugar.
19 Jul 2017
Better you take fresh tumba and rubb on feet sole for ten days continues . After that twice a week . And monitor you sugar level and adjust accordingly
12 Sep 2017
where are you buying from
Chandra ( Indian/Karnataka )
06 Jan 2017
Hello, I am 47 yrs male, having Bronchitis since 25 years and have diabetic from last 4 years. For Bronchitis i tried all kind of medicines but not cured and getting attacked atleast 4 to 5 times in a year. Please suggest some best medicine for both Bronchitis and Diabetes. Thank You very much. -Chandra
18 Jan 2017
For Bronchitis : Jiaogulan capsules. It is very very effective for curing Bronchitis. I would suggest that you take this herb for a month. One capsule everyday. For DIabetes : Take Gudmar or you may take Berberis Vulgaris tincture. Try the herb for a week and then decide for yourself.
Sheem ( Pakistan )
14 Feb 2017
I am a 36 years old female and i have severe migraines since the age of 8 years old.I started eating very healthy and most of my migraine problem went away since a year.however I list weight through exercise and eating very healthy(not dieting) but my hair are falling a lot.I have a 3 year old toddler and 11 year old son.Both were through C section.I have low blood pressure normally even though i take a lot of salt. Please advise what to do for the excessive hair loss as now i have patches in my hair of baldness.I cut my hair very short this month and im v sad.I eat vitamins and also sleep well and there is no stress that I am taking.Please tell me what to take for the hair loss .I have thin broken hair.
16 Feb 2017
Sheem. First of all, I would ask you that have yu got your Kidney Functtin Test done ?
If not, please get it done. For Low Bp, you can drink Liquorice tea daily , one cup for a week.
Include Beetroot in your daily diet. This will show great improvement. Get your tests done,please. Are you taking any allopathic or any sort of medicne already ?
16 Feb 2017
actually the blood pressure is not a big problem.it happens sometimes but doesnt go too low that would worry me.its just a general tendency.and I have no kidney issue either so far .I am not taking any medicines neither allopathic excepts vitamins .My main concern is my hair loss and weak hair.the hair loss is worrying me a lot.please advise something for it which is easily available.I take vitamins such as vit D, iron, biotin for the hair, and vit b complex.I dont take them altogether but often its one vitamin in the morning and one in the evening.I have also started using organic shampoo to minimize the chemicals for my hair and I use oils such as black seed, castor, olive, amla and egg yolk mixed but nothing is working.I am generally healthy and fresh and I exercise and eat healthy .my hair loss is v disturbing and I dont know why its happening despite eating healthy, staying stress free and also exercising and drinking a lot of water.
Park ( India )
08 Apr 2017
Some people saying about periya thumbai. Is it any variety like that. If yes how can I distinguish between them?
Sudharani Sm ( India/Karnataka )
27 Jun 2017
Dear sir,

Please suggest some ayurvedic powder for digestion...And fat cutting

27 Jul 2017
Digestion ?
What is the exact problem Sir ?
You can try Green Leaf juice for 15 days. https://herbpathy.com/The-Genesis-Vid48 Read the page please. For burning fat, you need to do regular exercise and drink Freen tea, daily for 3 to 4 months.
Yasmeen ( Punjab )
03 Jul 2017
I am a 17 yrs girl my hair are starting falling very quickly I tried many products but my hair length goes on decreasing what should I do.
Uzwal Kohli
27 Jul 2017
Please, get your Kidney Function test done. Share the result. Since when are you facing this problem ?
Any other symptoms that you might have noticed, if not, then please be very observant and note the symptoms that you notice.
Aslam ( Pakistan )
15 Aug 2017
Sir I ate tumbhai almost 45 days ago. Since then I have loose motion. I feel very tiered ness and weaknesses. I got reccurent fever . I am in very panic situation. I had no any major problem except minor stomach aches as it I take that tumba. Plz advise me beneficial herb that cut the effect.
Hamida khan ( Mumbai )
22 Aug 2017
My thighs are too fatty wanted to reduce what should I do
Deva ( Kerala )
09 Sep 2017
I am suffering from migraine problem. Can use thumbi leaves for this. If so suggest me some thumbai medicine. Let me know the procedure to use the leaves.
Giridhar ( Austria )
21 Sep 2017
Constant headache since 4 months!
Hello, my name is Giridhar. I live in Innsbruck, Austria. I have worse headache since from 4 months and it is almost everyday. I have consulted many specialists and took various medications but all the results seems to be absolutely normal which includes MRI scan too. I am trying now the extract of thumbai leaf with tulsi leaf administrating through Nasal past from few days. I have really no idea is my headache gets cured! Kindly let me know whether this really works on my headache and make me stays peaceful life? Help needed??
Madhu ( Karnataka-India )
21 Sep 2017
Dear Sir,
Am Male aged 34 years, having skin issue.
have a very bad itching near Scortum region and have spread till Anal region. small white patches have appeared, that region as become so sensitive that, blood is coming out.
having great difficulty to come out of this issue, have trying ayurvedic.. Doctor mentioned its because of excess dryness in skin this is causing.
its been 15 days, nothing have improved yet. required you expertise suggestion for curing.
03 Dec 2017
Sir, I recommend you to apply aloe Vera gel to the region wherever you feel an itching sensation. But you must apply regularly and atleast two times a day. Remove the pulp of aloe Vera and scrub it throughout the affected area and leave it to dry completely. This method will reduce the itching sensation and also will reduce the whitening of the skin. To completely get rid of your problem you must continue this for about a month regularly.
Nalini ( Karnataka )
03 Oct 2017
My in law has white patches on her hands and legs from past 8 years . But after taking ayurvedic medicine past five months it is spreading more. This ayurvedic hospital is only for this problem.
Asha Anupoju ( India )
04 Nov 2017
Does the leaves of leucas aspera is having anti diabetic activity ??
Chinmaya kumar samal ( India )
15 Dec 2017
I had a blood test and d bilirubin(direct) is 1.9 also have constipation so I have been taking drona pushpi leaves juice(10ml) daily morning in empty stomach,also bhumi amla juice(10ml) since 3 days. Sir I need to know how many days should I take this?
Ansari ( Tamil nadu )
14 Feb 2018
My son 7 years old bitten by centipede 21 days before he is getting itching in that area what to do?
15 Feb 2018
https://herbpathy.com/Herbal-Treatment-for-Insect-Bites-Cid139 You can put crushed clove of Garlic on the affected area.
Periasamy Adaikkalam ( Malaysia )
04 Jun 2018
Sir, I was admitted for spleen abcess for two months. I was treated with antibiotics and also diabetes. I was on medication for the past 6 months after the discharge. My original weight was 75kg. I lost about 30kg.Just two months ago I started putting on weight.Now I am 68kg. I'm 70yrs. Very often I get tired.Kindly prescribe some boosters to regain my strength. Thanks.
08 Jul 2018
..sir ..someone told me about this herb that it can help in weight loss ......
Plus does it help in type 1 diabetes?
If it does then how can we use it for both weightloss n type 1 diabetes.

Latha ( India )
04 Jan 2019
Plz suggest best remedy for hair fall and fast hair growth. Also best solution for healthy skin
Sonia ( India/Karnataka )
27 Jan 2019
Thumba plant can be used to remove head lice an nets
07 Mar 2019
My son is 4 yr old can I give thumbe flower to my child to cold and cough.how to give thumbe flower?
Ramachandran S ( United Arab Emirates )
17 Mar 2019

My wife have thyroid problem in her neck. It is growing slowly. Doctor Said , She need operation to remove that thyroid tumor. Is there any Herbal medicine available to cure thyroid tumor in the neck?
01 Sep 2019
I heard fever nut helps.. Consult experts
Shiva ( INDIA/AP )
23 Mar 2019
SIR, am suffering from ringworms near my private areas. Will thhumbai be the effective cure?
Vicky bruce ( India/Tamil Nadu )
04 Apr 2019
Dear sir,
Thumbai ellai has taken with high doasage by my martial arts master. How to overcome from these high dosage. Is their any remedies
Smitha ( India/ karnataka )
13 Apr 2019
What happens if thumbai leaf extract is used more for children of 3years? What is the dosage for using the extract for children
Meena ( India )
24 Nov 2019
Respected sir,
My daughter who is 8 yrs old is suffering from tonsillitis frequently from almost 8 -9 months.We have taken her to ENT ,they were giving antibiotics every time she suffers.Now she have become weak.Is thumbe leaves is effective in treating tonsillitis.If so how can I give it to her.plz help me.
26 Nov 2019
Dear Meena, Since your daughter is small, we are prescribing you a few things. Ask your health care practitioner first, and keep a physical check of her condition too.
1. You can try Acacia Nilotica ( Babul ) bark. Add 2g salt in 1 cup. Make a decoction. Gargle 2-3 times a day.
2. Take a glass of fresh Pineapple juice once a day. It is also a good way to treat tonsils.
Please read the link and check for a few other herbal treatments which are comfortable for your daughter. These all are herbal cures and explained for use. Hope you find useful information. Please write back for any queries. Herbpathy is here for help.

This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Sathish ( India )
27 Nov 2019
Is thumbai is gud for eye irritation and dryness along with sesame seed oil.
28 Nov 2019
Hey Sathish
Just try using Eyebright. Eyebright can be used 3 times a day. Goji berries are considered good too.
Just have 5-7 Goji berries every day.
Have a quick check of Dry Eye Syndrome.
I read it on purpose. It might help you too.
04 Feb 2020
I m 27 year old and married women. i heard about the plant thumba is best for prgenancy when the flower is add with milk before sleep. Is there anyone know about it? please reply me..
14 Feb 2020
Dear Sneha
For better results, take seed powder of Striped Cucumber (Shivlingi) and Drypetes Roxburghii (Putrajivak). Take 1 teaspoon each daily with warm milk for a month.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Sabana ( Tamilnadu )
13 Feb 2020
Dear sir,
I have a boy baby 4 years old.He is suffering from cold and cough.shall I use the combination of thumabi,adathoda and omavalli .I gave two days continuously so he was sleeping well from 4 to 5 hours..Is the correct method or not..kindly suggest me sir..
Mercy ( India )
18 Feb 2020
Dear sir,
I have been suffering from allergic rhinitis and sinusitis for past 10 years . I have nasal congestion followed by sneezing which results in headache and facial swelling and pain . At times my common cold ends up in I wheeze too. Kindly suggest some herbal cure for it.
Shruthi Kale
18 Feb 2020
Hey Mercy. The solution to deal Allergy is to keep your immunity high. Take Immunity booster herbs. Echinacea and Goldenseal combination capsules. Take 1 capsule daily for a month.
Indian Gooseberry ( Amla ): Take 1 Amla daily in routine.
Ginger: Take Ginger tea. Add Honey for taste. Drink this tea 2 to 3 times a day for 2 weeks.
In winters you may take Withania Somnifera ( Ashwagandha ). Take 1 teaspoon with warm milk daily for a month.
07 Mar 2020
Hai sir I'm MANOHAR I have sinusitis problem can I use Luce's aspera how to use ot
26 Mar 2020
Dear Manohar Please try the following:
* Take juice of fresh Ginger. Take one teaspoon, you may add little Honey to it.
* Liquorice ( Mulethi ) is a great expectorant. It helps to take out the mucus. Chew a stick or take the powder form. Boil half a teaspoon in a cup of water. Drink it twice a day.
* Take immunity booster herbs as Echinacea and Goldenseal. These are available in capsule form, take 1 capsule everyday for a month.
* Also, keep Basil. Take Basil leaves. Crush and squeeze the leaves for juice. Sniff the drops of juice atleast once a day. It provides relief from inflammation caused in Sinus.
Do it for atleast a month.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Ajit ( India )
21 Apr 2020
Hi i am ajit my wife suffer from sinus since 8 years.I consult doctor but it can't cure so can I use Lucas aspera plant n how I have to use please suggest me if u have knowledge
Reshma ( Assam )
02 Jul 2020
I am seven month pregnant. Can I boil leaves of lucas aspera for my throat infection...I am suffering from strep throat..its itches so badly .I have taken antibiotics but it gives relief for few days.but again it occurs...
02 Jul 2020
Dear Reshma Since you are in the final trimester pregnancy we do not recommend many herbs as it is not safe. Least you can have is Ginger. Chew a slice of Ginger, the juice can help. But in this case, too, it is advisable to check with your Health Care Practitioner first.
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Kalai ( India/Tamilnadu )
18 Jul 2020
I am having sinus headaches frequently. It’s paining on the right side of the head especially around the eyes. If I steam regularly it’s slowly getting reduce after 15 days. Till then am suffering daily morning for around 2 to 3 hours. What can I do for it?
Bhagya Naik
13 Dec 2020
I think you should use goranti herb.Make paste if that plant leaves and paste it to your hair.It gives coolness..
Poornima ( Karnataka )
08 Aug 2020
Sir please suggest for thyroid in women and treatment for asterotera zoo spermia I. e increase in semen quality and count cout is only 2 ?for my husband and fertile sperm very less
Haneesha ( India )
11 Sep 2020
Hello sir iam 31 years old women and I have sinus issues sharp pain in eyebrows and right cheeks and behind right ear..xray shows frontal nd maxillary sinus..and also the palpitations and blood pressure is 140/105 nd pulse rate 126..pls suggest some herbs..
Mohammed sirajudeen ( Uae )
14 Oct 2020
I have asthma how to cure from thumbai
Hrikesh Saha ( India )
20 Nov 2020
Does Lucus Aspera helps diabetic patient.
Does it has side effects??
Navin ( Tamil Nadu )
24 Dec 2020
Hi sir,
I am 24 years old I am suffering for skin infection past 6 years on my right leg below knee.. pls suggest me sime herbs.
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