Botanical Name: Hemidesmus indicus
- English: Indian sarsaparilla
- Ayurvedic: Shveta sariva, Gopasuta, Ananta
- Unani: Ushbaa hindi
- Also, known as: Shveta saarivaa, Sariva, Vaga, Anantamul, Upalsari, Namada veru, Anant mool, Nannari, Dralashvan lai anantmamool, Ushbah, Ven nannar, Sugandhi pala, Gopi, Kapuuri, Nannaari, Suganthipala, Gopaa, Gopasutaa, Sphotaa, Kabri, Naruneendi, Anantamula, Utipalsaarivaa, Dugdhgarbhaa, Gopavalli, Sphotaa, Nannar, Vaga sariva,, Iramusu
Parts Used: Root
The root of a Hemidesmus indicus aprostrate or semi-erect shrub found throughout India from upper Gangetic plains eastwards to Assam and southern India up to an elevation of 600 meters. Roots occur in pieces, about 30 cm long and 3-8 mm in diameter, cylindrical, thick, hard, somewhat tortuous, sparely branched, provided with few thick rootlets and secondary roots.
Hemidesmus indicus does not contain the same saponins or other principal constituents that are found in Sarsaparilla. External appearance dark brown, sometimes with violet grey ting, central yellow, woody, surrounded by a mealy white cortical layer.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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