chapter  26
Lakshmana-Ayurvedic Drug of Controversial Origin
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Lakshmana is an important medicinal plant of Ayurveda, the ancient system of healing. Lakshmana is a type of kantkāri, a medicinal plant widely used in Ayurveda in the treatment of respiratory diseases. Lakshmana has been described as a white variety of kantkari, making it a possible representative of the Natural Order Solanaceae. Kantkari is an ingredient of dashmula, the Ayurvedic anti-infl ammatory. The drug is of great interest as it has been mentioned as a possible treatment of female infertility. Bhāvamishra, an ancient Ayurvedic physician, also mentions kantkari for promoting conception in females.