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Scientific name of Indian sarsaparilla: Hemidesmus indicus
Name of Indian sarsaparilla in different languages:
Sanskrit: क्षीरिणी Kshirini, कराला Karala
Hindi: Ananthamoola or Ananthamul
Malayalam: Naruneendi നറുനീണ്ടി, Nannari നന്നാറി,നന്നാരി.
Plant description of Indian sarsaparilla
Indian sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus indicus) is a slender, milky, twining, partially erect shrub, found in plane areas, wastelands, leaves are arranged oppositely, small-petioled, elliptic-oblong, a white line on center vain. The stem is slender, numerous, nodded, purple in colour, flowers are greenish outer and purplish in the inner side, crowded in axillary cymes. Roots are woody, aromatic and thin skinned.
Medicinal uses: Anti-diabetic, it is used to treat anti-toxic, leprosy, skin disorders, Vata disorders, syphilis and gonorrhea.
Useful plant parts:
Chemical content :
hexatriacontane, lupeol, acetate and sitosterol.
How to prepare medicines:
Indian sarsaparilla is usedas an ingredient in-
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