Gorakhmundi is also known as "Mundi" in Hindi, it is a flowering plant of the genus Sphaeranthus. In Sanskrit, it is recognized by many names like “Tapaswini”, “Mahamundi Aruna”, “Nilak Dambika”, etc. Scientifically Gorakhmundi is called as Sphaeranthus indicus Linn. and in English, it is known as "East Indian globe thistle." Gorakhmundi is an aromatic herb that is found throughout India, but in southern India, it is found in abundant
According to Ayurveda, all parts through the plant have medicinal properties.
They are used in vitiated conditions of jaundice, hemicranias, cough, leucoderma, hepatopathy, hernia, gastropathy, urinary discharges, indigestion, helminthiasis, asthma, looseness of the breasts, dysentery, hemorrhoids, spleen diseases, pain over the uterus and vagina, pain in the rectum, vomiting, skin diseases and dyspepsia.