Botanical Name     : Leucas Aspera
English Name         : Leucas
Tamil Name            :  Thumbai
Hindi Name             : Chota Halkusa /gopha/gophaa/chhota Halkusa
Malayalam Name: Tumba
Telugu Name         : Tummachettu


It is a medicinal herb that grows as a weed in India and many South East Asian countries. Thumbai poo or Thumbai malar is the Tamil name for thumbai flower. Thumbai leaves are called Thumbai ilai. Thumnai oil prepared in ayurvedic medicine is used to cure many diseases. The folk use of this herb is for treating scorpion stings, snake bite, cough, fever etc. The whole plant has fever educing and insecticidal properties.


  • It used to treat for sinusitis and headache.
  • It cures Jaundice and liver related diseases.
  • Thumbai good remedy for nasal congestion, cough, cold, fever, headache etc