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There are numerous medicinal plants in current use in Thailand. Ayurvedic medicine and Thai traditional medicine, each finding many uses and deserving to be exhibited to the enthusiasts who wish to know about the characteristics of its stem, flower, fruit together with the research work undertaken, it is impossible to exhibit all, or even the majority, of them. For this reason some common medicinal plants which received research attention both locally and internationally have been selected. In addition, some which have so far attracted little attention from researchers have also been included owing to their recognition in Ayurvedic Medicine and traditional medicine in Thailand as well as some Asian countries.

The information has been searched from the literature, selected and edited in order to be presented in this site, which will familiarize the reader with general characters of such plants. No botanical details are given owing to the nature of this work and also to limited space. Sketches of the plants, however, are given to enable the reader to recognize them. It should be noted that all Thai, Sanskrit, Latin and English common names of the plants appearing in this site are transliterated into English with the sound in mind, and not according to the official rules. In addition, owing to the limited space the traditional usage of each plant is meant to be representative, and by no means comprehensive.

Ayurveda Herbs - Thai Herbs Common Name   D
  • Da huang
  • Da Qing Ye
  • Daisy
  • Dakachru
  • Dalchini
  • Damiana
  • Dan dou chi
  • Dan zhu ye
  • Dancing mushroom
  • Dandelion
  • Dang-qui
  • Daphne genkwa
  • Dark catechu
  • Daruchini
  • Daruhaldi
  • Daruharidra
  • Deadly nightshade
  • Deerberry
  • Desert herb
  • Desert tea
  • Devil's bones
  • Devil's Claw
  • Devil's dung
  • Devil's Plague
  • Devil's shrub
  • Dew plant
  • Dewberry
  • Dhai-phul
  • Dhania
  • Dhanyak
  • Dhataki
  • Dhatri-phala
  • Dianthus
  • Dill
  • Dill fruit
  • Dill seed
  • Dilly
  • Dog poison
  • Dog rose
  • Dog's cole


  • Dog's mercury
  • Dogbane
  • Dogberry
  • Doggrass
  • Dong quai
  • Dong-quei
  • Dragon's claw
  • Dragonwort
  • Dried bamboo sap
  • Dried Catkins
  • Dropsy plant
  • Du huo
  • Dudhilata
  • Duk
  • Duk.-Agari
  • Durba
  • Dwale
  • Dwarf palmetto
  • Dwipautra
  • Dyeberry
  • Dyer's saffron
  • Dyers' saffron
Ayurvedic Herbs English Name   D


Ayurvedic Herbs Latin/Scientific Name  D

  • Datura alba
  • Datura fastuosa
  • Datura metel
  • Daucus carota
  • Derris elliptica
  • Didymocarpus pedicellata
  • D. fastuosa
  • D. metel
  • Diospyros mollis
  • Dracaena  loureiri
Ayurvedic Herbs Sanskrit Name  D


Sanskrit / Indian Name :


Dashamoola is a composition of the roots of Aegle marmelos, Gmelina arborea, Oroxylum indicum, Clerodendrum phlomidis, Stereospermum chelonoides, Desmodium gangeticum, Uraria picta, Solanum indicum, Solanum surattense and Tribulus terrestris.

It is an anti-inflammatory and effective in bronchitis, cough, headache, weakness, drowsiness and digestive problems.

Latin Name :

Datura metel

Sanskrit / Indian Name :


Datura metalA sub-glabrous spreading herb sometimes becoming shrubby.

The fresh leaves contain ferredoxin, and the withanolide datumetelin along with the withanolide daturilin. The leaves also yielded withametelin B, secowithametelin, a hexacyclic withanolide, 12-deoxy withastramonolide, physalinliconol, datumetixone and p-methoxybenzoyl ester of tropine. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and analgesic properties.

Latin Name :

Daucus carota

English Name :

Cultivated Carrot

Sanskrit / Indian Names :

Shikha-mula, Garijara

Daucus carotaAn annual or biennial herb, with an erect, much-branched stem, arising from a thick, fleshy taproot.

Carrot is valued as food mainly because it is a rich source of the fat-soluble hydrocarbon, C40H56, the ▀ form of which is the precursor of vitamin A. Carrots contain a variety of carotenoids that are responsible for the typical colors of the root. The main pigments of orange carrot are a- and ▀-carotene. The seed oil has a sweet anise like odor and the main components identified were ▀-bisabolene, Cis and trans -asarene, asarone aldehyde and phenolic compounds such as eugenol 2-hydroxy-4-methoxyacetophenone and vanillin.

Carrot seeds are aromatic, stimulant and carminative. They are reported to be useful in diseases of the kidney and in dropsy. The seeds are reported to exhibit anti-fertility activity. The ethanolic extracts of seeds showed diuretic activity. The essential oil from leaves and seeds showed antifungal activity, used as a sunscreen and fragrance component in soaps, creams and lotions. The aqueous extract of carrot showed hepatoprotective activity.

Latin Name :

Didymocarpus pedicellata

Sanskrit / Indian Name :


Didymocarpus pedicellataA small herb with a reduced stem, bearing 2-3 pairs of opposite, round, gland dotted leaves.

The essential oil from the leaves contains didymocarpene as its chief constituent. The leaves are used in indigenous medicine as a cure for stones in the kidney and bladder.

Sanskrit / Indian Name :


Chemical Names :

Soft Stone / Magnesium Silicate

It is astringent and styptic and useful in gastrointestinal disorders.



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