3 Top Medicinal Uses Of Thuthi Keerai | Indian Mallow | Atibala Plant | Abutilon Indicum

Indian mallow plant is a very common plant that is found all over India, you will easily find them in road sides and waste lands. It produces beautiful yellow flowers and you can easily identify them with the flowers. Another common way to identify the plant is with the fruits (you can see them in the top picture below the leaves), it is beautifully shaped like a wheel. In fact some people and even children dip the fruits in dye or ink and use it for printing. Thuthi plant’s botanical name is Abutilon Indicum and it’s common name is Indian mallow. We call it Thuthi in Tamil, Kanghi in Hindi, Tuttura Benda in Telugu, Atibala in Sanskrit, Thuththi in Malayalam and Navene Akke in Kannada. All the parts of this plant is used as a medicine and this plant is well known for it’s ability to treat piles. It is a very popular remedy in Tamil Nadu for treating all kinds of piles. It has got both anti inflammatory and analgesic properties making it very effective in treating all kinds of inflammation. Since this plant can be found everywhere, you can easily collect the leaves for the remedy. Else you can also sun dry and powder the leaves and use it for treating problems like constipation and gum related problems. Indian mallow also is a blood purifier and is rich in antioxidants. The antioxidant effect of abuliton Indicum has been proven through scientific research. Also the wound healing, anti ulcer activity, analgesic, hypoglycemic activity and anti inflammatory activity has been proven through research.  Side effects: This is considered a safe herb but still pregnant women should not consume it as it has not proven to be safe during pregnancy. Also diabetic patients should monitor their blood sugar levels closely when taking this herb.

3 Top Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits Of Thuthi Keerai | Indian Mallow | Atibala Plant | Abutilon Indicum

1. Abutilon Indicum For Treating Inflammation in Piles:

Take the leaves and warm it in a pan along with pure castor oil and apply as a compress, this compress will greatly ease the inflammation. Along with this compress, if you consume the Indian mallow leaf decoction, it will give best results. For the decoction, 3 big leaves of the plant can be boiled in a cup of water till it is reduced in half and had. Usually the treatment is done for a period of 45 days. The leaf decoction also will prevent constipation and purify the blood.

2. Abutilon Indicum For Treating Gum Disorders:

The leaf decoction made by boiling the leaves in water along with little alum powder can be used for treating all gum disorders. Gargling with leaf decoction of Indian mallow along with little alum treats bleeding gums, inflammation and toothache.

3. Abutilon Indicum For Wounds:

Since it has antibacterial properties (it has been proven through clinical research too), it is great for treating all kinds of wounds. For treating wounds, grind the fresh Indian mallow leaves with turmeric and apply on the wounds. It will treat the inflammation, reduce the pain and infection.



  1. Geetha Janarthanan
    December 28, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Hi,Thuthi leaf is it useful for reduce pimples?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 15, 2016 / 4:18 am

      Though I haven't used thuthi for pimples, it can be used for treating pimples…

  2. allen peter
    March 22, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Is this is added with punnernava for treating kidney failure patients

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 17, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      Yes, abutilon is added to punarnava for making an ayurvedic preparation called punarnavarishta…

    • Jothikanth
      January 30, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Yes I am using

    • Jothikanth
      January 30, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Yes I am using

  3. balachandar manimalan
    May 2, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Hi,Where can we buy/find these leaves in Chennai?Regards,Bala

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 7:34 am

      I am not sure where you get thuthi leaves in Chennai, usually it grows wildly along road sides all over Tamil Nadu. Just watch for the plant in waste lands, you will easily spot it…

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2016 / 12:24 pm

      You can buy and grow it in your terrace garden. Contact asiannorganics.c om

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      You can try asiannorganics.com

    • Menaka V
      August 5, 2016 / 3:09 am

      Lots of these plants available at keelkattalai near my house. Today I plucked a plastic bag full of leaves for my colleague suffering from piles. Contact 9710923464 if u want to know the location.

  4. Anonymous
    July 22, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I tried for fissure , constipation and gum problem. Very effective

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2016 / 7:52 am

      Dear, Greetings! I m paining due to fissure for the past couple of months. scare to undergo for surgery. Please tell me how you used this… made decoction or how..? thank you!

  5. Unknown
    February 3, 2017 / 11:55 am

    How to use for piles and how many day?

  6. jeyavellvi agencies
    February 3, 2017 / 11:56 am

    How to use for piles and how many day?

  7. Aruna Anand
    September 13, 2017 / 5:52 am

    Whether it is used for weight reduction

  8. Aruna Anand
    September 13, 2017 / 5:52 am

    Whether it is used for weight reduction

  9. sakthi
    March 1, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Does Thuthi Leaves Cure Ulcers in Stomach??? Kindly need information.

  10. Shunmugapriya Arun
    April 12, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Is it safe To have during pregnancy?

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