Hemidesmus / Hemidesmus indicus / False sarsaparilla / Indian sarsaparilla / East Indian sarsaparilla / Anantamul
Hemidesmus Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Today Hemidesmus is still used for treating venereal diseases, and it can stimulate the appetite and improve general overall health. Hemidsemus is also used to treat chronic rheumatism, gravel, dyspepsia, fever, asthma, bronchitis, and leucorrhoea. It is also a blood purifier.
Traditional Ayurvedic Uses: febrifuge, diuretic, antidiarrheal, lactagogue, skin cleanser and tonic.
Found in many medical and cosmetic facial packs.
Also called 'Sugandha' because of the wonderful fragrance of these roots.
Should not be boiled.
Modern studies have demonstrated the antibacterial activity of the root extract and essential oil.
Clinical trials have shown a benefit in ringworm infection and for malnutrition.
The clinically used doses are considered safe and beneficial, but overdose can be toxic.
Botanical Name: Hemidesmus indicus
Plant Family: Asclepiadaceae
Common name: Anantamul (Sanskrit), Indian Sarsaparilla (English), Nunnari Asclepias, Periploca indica, Pseudosarsa
· alterative [an agent capable of favorably altering or changing unhealthy conditions of the body and tending to restore normal bodily function, usually by improving nutrition]
· depurative [an agent that cleanses and purifies the system, especially the blood]
· diaphoretic [an agent that promotes perspiration]
· diuretic [an agent that increases the volume and flow of urine which cleanses the urinary system]
· tonic [an agent that tones, strengthens and invigorates organs or the entire organism giving a feeling of well-being]
Hemidesmus is often combined with the herb Picrorrhiza and is used for:
· depraved conditions of the system
· gonorrheal neuralgia
· inveterate syphilis
· pseudo- syphilis
· mescurio- syphilis
· struma in all its forms
· venereal disease
· nephritic complaints
IMMUNE SYSTEM CONDITIONS:
· autoimmune disease such as
o rheumatoid arthritis
Although mildly immunosuppressant Hemidesmus is very safe and non-toxic
· chronic skin diseases
· chronic ulcers
· sore mouths of children
•Fragrant root barks are prescribed in dyspepsia, loss of appetite, fevers, skin diseases and ulcerations, chronic rheumatism and leucorrhoea. A blood purifier. It is said to promote health and vigour and invariably cures all kinds of diseases caused by vitiated blood.
(Nadkarni, Vol I, Pages 619-622 )
•Sariva has been used to treat a vast range of ailments through ages. Especially it is popular for its blood- purifying and cooling attributes. Because of it beautiful fragrance, it is also called Sugandhi. It is also a complexion- improving herb. Which also relieves burning sensations on the skin.
The roots are refrigerant, demulcent, aphrodisiac, appetizer, expectorant and tonic. It works well in acne when applied by its self or in combination with Yastimadhu, chandana, Jatamansi; to improve the complexion of the skin and mitigate depigmentation.
Being a very effective blood purifier, it ameliorates many skin diseases viz. scabies, ringworm, urticaria etc.
It detoxifies ama, hence is very beneficial in gout, arthritis, chronic rheumatic disorders. It also purifies and increases the quantity of breast milk. It also stimulates the reproductive hormones in males and has a tonic effect in sexual debility. As a blood purifier, Sariva combines well with guduci and manjista.
(Paranjape. Pages 227-228 )
•Diuretic. Diseases of liver, stomach, kidney. Fragrant roots of “ Indian Sarsaparilla” are prescribed in dyspepsia, loss of appetite, cases of scanty & high-colored urine.
(Nadkarni, Vol I, Pages 19-22)
•Sariva is used with great advantage in a number of gastrointestinal problems such as loss of appetite, poor digestion, distaste and to purify blood.
•Prescribed in dyspepsia, loss of appetite, nutritional disorders. A blood purifier constitutional debility.
( Nadkarni, Vol I, 619-622 )
•Sariva has been used to treat a vast range of ailments through ages. Especially it is popular mainly for its blood purifying and cooling attributes. It is effectively used in vitiated conditions of pitta, diarrhoea, dysentery and general ddebility. It tackles the digestive problems, especially due to ama- the toxins in undigested food.
( Paranjape P 227-228 )
•Hemidesmus has been used as a folk- medicine and as ingredient in Ayurvedic and Unani preparations against disease of blood, inflammation etc. Recently- to treat viper venom- induced lethality and against hypercholesterolemic rats.
Its antioxidant and antithrombotic activities have been recently described.
(J of E. 87 (2003) 187-191 )
•Prescribed in dyspepsia, loss of appetite, fever, ulcerations skin diseases, chronic rheumatism and leucorrhoea. It also possesses sudorofic and alterative properties.
(Nadkarni, Vol I,)
It is used for generations to alleviate burning sensations of hands, feet and eyes especially due to vitiated pitta.
•Being a very effective blood purifier, it ameliorates many skin diseases viz. Scabies, ringworm, urticaria etc. as a blood purifier it combines well with guduci or manjista. It also stimulates the production of hormones in males; in females it protects pregnancy and both purifies and increases the quantity of breast-milk. It also tackles the digestive problems due to ama the toxins in undigested food.
(Paranjape P 228 )
•Prescribed in dyspepsia, loss of appetite, chronic cough and diarrhea. A blood purifier. A valuable alterative, tonic, demulcent and diuretic. Removes hot sensation due to pitta.
(Nadkarni, Vol I. P 621-622 )
•Especially popular for its “ blood purifying and cooling” attributes. It improves complexion and relieves burning sensation on the skin.
It alleviates all the three dosas. The roots are refrigerant, demulcent, appetiser and tonic. It tackles the digestive problems, espeically due to ama- the toxins in undigested food.
(Paranjape P 227-228 )
•“ Fragrant root barks prescribed in skin diseases.”
(Nadkarni Vol- I P 619-622)
•“ The fragrant root bark is prescribed in skin diseases and ulcerations”.
( Medicinal Plants of India, Nair & Mohanan P 232)