Sarpagandha ,सर्पगंधा (Rauwolfia Serpentine)

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Rauvolfia Serpentina or Indian Snakeroot is native to the Indian subcontinent.


Description :

Sarpagandha is an erect, evergreen shrub, merely 15 to 45 cm high. Its leaves are large, in whorls of three – dark green above and pale green below. The flowers are white, pinkish or red, occurring in whorls. Its fruit are tiny, oval, fleshy which turn a shiny purple-black when ripe. It is the roots of the plant that are mainly used for medicinal purposes.


Medicinal Uses:           

 Sarpagandha or Rauwolfia cures insomnia, hysteria and hypertension.

It is also useful for in the treatment of cataract.  It also cures plague and fever.

Sarpagandha is used for the treatment of Schizophrenia.

Rauwolfia serpentina is believed to cure anxiety, psychosis and epilepsy.

It is also quoted for the treatment of colic and cholera.

It is used in various part of the world for the treatment of snake (cobra), scorpion or reptile bite and stings of any poisonous insects. It is also useful some gynecological problems like frigidity and moliminia.