Kalisar, Dudhilata, Sugandhi, Black Creeper, Sarsaparilla


Sanskrit: Sári



Hindi: Kalisar, Dudhilata, Sugandhi

English: Black Creeper, Sarsaparilla

Latin: Ichnocarpus fruitescens (Apocymene frutescens, Echites frutscens)

Hindi: Nakuli, Chota-chand

English: None

Latin: Rauwolfia serpentina Benth. Part Used: Root

Habitat: Climbing shrub in tropical Himalayas; moderate altitudes in Sikkim, North Bihar, Patna, Bhagalpur, Assam, Pegu, Tenasserim, Deccan Pen- insula, Sri Lanka, Java, Malay

Energetics: Root—bitter

Tissues: Plasma, blood, marrow/nerves

Systems: Excretory, nervous, circulatory, respira- tory

Action: Bitter tonic, sedative, febrifuge

Uses: It contains Reserpine alkaloid which is used for hypertension. This is the main herb for high blood pressure. Insanity with violent maniacal

symptoms (doses; 20-30 grains of root powder), insomnia, insect stings, dysentery, painful bowel disorders, fevers, insanity, sedative, hypochondria, irritative conditions of the CNS (central nervous system); leaf juice—in eyes heals cornea opaci- ties.

Preparation: Decoction, powder, pills

Precautions: Lethal in large doses; not yet allowed in the U.S. Prolonged use over 10 years can cause sterility


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