• Botanical Name : Rubia Cordifolia
• Family Name : Rubiaceae
• Common Name : Madder roots, Madderwort, Lukelangafu, Lukera Batuzi
• Part Used : Roots, Stems
They are used to lower the blood pressure. The roots are used internally in the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, internal and external haemorrhage, bronchitis, rheumatism, stones in the kidney, bladder and gall and dysentery .
The stems are used as they are considered to have a bitter taste and a cooling potency.
They are used in the treatment of blood disorders and spreading fever of kidneys and intestines. A valuable red dye is obtained from the root and stems.
Roots are made into paste for application into ulcers, inflammations and skin troubles. A decoction of leaves and stem is used as a vermifuge.