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Latin name:

Rauvolfia serpentina (Apocynaceae) (L.) Benth. ex Kurz

Sanskrit/Indian name: Sarpagandha

General information:

The Sanskrit name for Rauwolfia, Sarpagandha, means ‘smelling like a snake’, which refers to the herb’s strong odor. The herb has a number of therapeutic benefits and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.

Rauwolfia is a central nervous system stimulant and also an anti-hypertensive. Its roots are known to treat intestinal disorders and also stimulate uterine contractions.

A number of different species of the Rauwolfia plant are found all over India.

Therapeutic constituents:

Reserpine is the principal constituent of Rauwolfia. It is credited with tranquilizing and anti-hypertensive properties. The chemical constituent ajmaline has anti-arrhythmic properties, which suppress abnormal rhythms of the heart.

Key therapeutic benefits:

  • Rauwolfia is a key herb in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension.
  • It is also beneficial in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders like cholera and colic.
  • The herb is also helpful in treating gynecological disorders like leukorrhea.

Used in Confido , Lukol, Serpina.

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