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Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.
  • Family : Periplocaceae
  • English : Indian sarasaparilla
  • Hindi : Anantmul, Magrabu
  • Gujarati : Anantmula, Upalasari
  • Sanskrit : Anantmula, Sariva

  • Part used : Root

Botanical Description:  A perennial, slender, laticiferous, twining or prostrate wiry shrub with woody root stock and numerous slender, terete stems having thickened nodes ; leaves simple, opposite, variable from elliptic oblong to linear, lanceolate, variegated with white above, silvery white and pubescent beneath; flowers greenish purple crowded in subsessile cymes in the opposite leaf axils ; fruits slender follicles, cylinderical, 10 cm long, tapering to a point at the apex, seeds flattened, black, ovate-oblong. Flowering and fruiting from August to January.

It occurs throughout India.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Madhura
  • Guna : Guru, Snigdha
  • Virya : Sita
  • Vipaka : Madhura
  • Karma : Raktasodhaka, Visaghna, Tridosanasana, Dipana, Amanasana,Jvarahara

Modern Pharmacological Action: The root is said to be tonic, diuretic, and alterative. Root decoction helps in skin diseases, syphilis, elephantiasis, loss of appetite, blood purification and for kidney and urinary disorders. Several biological activities like hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antithrombotic, anti-ulcerogenic, anti inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antidiabetic etc. have been reported from various root extract.

Our Products containing this ingredient
Sariva Herb

  • Acnovin Cream Extract
Our Products containing this ingredient
Sariva Root Extract
  • Acnovin Capsule
  • Acnovin Active Syrup
  • Cutis Capsule
  • Meryton Syrup
  • Step Syrup
  • Step Tablet
  • Step Capsule