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China root

Scientific name of China root: Smilax china

Name of China root in different languages:-

English: Smilax, China root

Sanskrit: Madhusnuhi, Dweepantaravacha

Hindi: Chopchini

Malayalam: Cheenapavu-ചീനപ്പാവ്, Pavu-പാവ് 

Plant description:

China root plant is a bushy spiny plant, grew about 3 feet high, the leaves are thin, membranous, ovate to ovate- oblong, five-nerved, acute or obtuse at both ends, root or rhizome are stipules, distinct obtuse and hard, large, blackish outer, pale and whitish internally. Flowers are small found in umbels greenish yellow, fruits are red and small.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oblong Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-parallel
 oblong-ovate  Margin_Entire  parallel2


Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

Used in the treatment of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, urinary tract infections, skin ulcers, enteritis, and useful in old syphilitic cases.

Chemical contents:

Antiscrophulatic, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic and tonic.

China root is used as an ingredient to prepare the Ayurvedic medicines like:-

Madhusnuhyadi Choornam


Brihat Madhusnuhi Rasayanam

Allerin Table

Anuphala Capsules

Leucorid tablets

Rheumallin tablet

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