Health benefits of Vetpalai – Wrightia tinctoria

Plant name : Vetpalai or Pala Indigo Plant
“Used in treatment of Psoriasis”.

Botanical name : Wrightia tinctoria
Family :  Apocynaeceae
Actions : Bark: Antipyretic, Anti diarrhoeal, Seeds: Aphrodisiac, Leaves: Anti- Microbial

Siddha Medicinal Uses :

  • The leaves are cleaned well made into small pieces. It is then soaked in coconut oil in a wide mouthed vessel. This vessel is exposed to sunlight daily. It is called Surya pudam. When the desired consistency achieved, it is filtered and stored in a dry container. This oil is helpful in treatment of psoriasis and known as Vetpalai thailam in Siddha. It can also be taken internally under doctor’s prescription.
  • Vetpalai thailam is also helpful against dandruff and other skin ailments.
  • Bark powder is used in treatment of diarrhoea. It also reduces fever.
  • Baked seeds are remedy for improving libido.

Note: Siddha treatment is based on complete physical examination of the patient, Naadi diagnosis, and other diagnostic criteria of the disease. The content given in this article is purely meant for information and education purpose only. Kindly consult a Siddha physician before any sort of self medication.