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Indian sarsaparilla

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:

Rhizome

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Linear Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Linear-parellel-marginn-elongated
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

 

Chemical content :

hexatriacontane, lupeol, acetate and sitosterol.

How to prepare medicines:

Indian sarsaparilla is usedas an  ingredient in-

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