Science of Herbs

Hemidesmus Indicus

Hemidesmus Indicus

Common Name: Anantmool,
English Name: Indian Sarsaparilla
Botancal Name: Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.
Family: Asclepiadaceae

Description: Hemidesmus indicus is a perennial twining shrub with woody root stock, thickened at the nodes. Leaves simple, opposite and variable from elliptic-oblong to linear lanceolate, dark green, variegated with white above. Flowers crowded in subsessile cymes in the opposite axils.

Chemical composition: Main chemical constituents are sarsaponin, smilacin, p-methoxy salicylic aldehyde, beta-sitosterol, sarsapogenin, smilgenin, sitosterol, stigmasterol.

Properties: Leaves of Hemidesmus is used for the treatment of Gum disorders, It has anti-inflammatory, astringent and antioxidant activity. Used in the treatment of menstrual disorders in women.

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