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Scientific name of Leptadenia: Leptadenia Reticulata

Name of Leptadenia in different languages:-

English: Cork Swallow-Wort

Sanskrit: jivanti/ Jeevanthi - जीवन्ती, arkapushpi

Hindi: Dori

Tamil: Palakeerai

Malayalam: Jeevanthi-ജീവന്തി Karkodavalli, Palachedi, Kuruninvalli

Plant description:

It is commonly in Himalaya region, Up and Deccan peninsular areas, it is a twining shrub, numerous branches, the stems are cork-like, bark deeply cracked, glabrous. Leaves are ovate, acute, and glabrous on top. Flowers are yellow, in lateral cymes, often small hairy. The roots are the main part of the plant used in the preparation of Ayurveda medicines, which is buff colored or white in color.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulated

 Margin_Entire  Recticulate

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, Leaf, root.

Medicinal uses:

Pacifies the Vata and Pitta, to induce the functions of reproductive system – to improve the seminal quality, enhance eyes, liver functions, and treat fever, constipation, colitis, bleeding disorders, bronchitis, and spermatorrhoea.

Chemical contents:

Stigmasterol, sitosterol, tocopherols, leptadeno, hentriacontanol and amyrin.

 Medicinal properties:

Stimulant, restorative, whole body nourishing property.

It is used as an ingredient in the preparation of  the Ayurveda medicines like:

Brihat Ashwagandha Ghrita

Jeevanthyadi Kashayam

Shwasahara Kashaya

Ayapon Tablets

Siledin Tablets

Guduchyadi Tailam


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