Botanical Name: Argyreia speciosa
- English: Vidhara
- Ayurvedic: Vriddhadaaruka, Vriddhadaaru, Vriddhadaaraka, Bastaantri, Sthavira, Sthaviradaaru, Atarunadaaru,
- Unani: Samunder sokh.
- Siddha: Ambgar, Samuddirapacchai
- Also, known as: Elephant Creeper, Bidhaaraa, Baby Rosewood, Hawaiian Baby Rosewood, Samundrasosh, Vardharo, Samandar-ka-pat, Samundarsokha, Ghav-patta, Bichtarak, Samudrapachcha, Samudrapala, Samudrastokam, Ambagar, Samandarshokh, Samudrasoka, Antakotarapushpi, Chhagalanghhri, Guguli, Vryddhadaraka, Samundrasosha, Peymunnai, Sadarbalai, Kokkiti, Samuttrappalai, Chandrapoda, Palasamudra, Samudrappala, Chandrapad, Samandarsotha, Woolly Morning-Glory
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Root
Argyreia speciosa, is a popular Indian medicinal plant, which has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine for various diseases. The lower surface of the leaf is entirely covered with hair, which gives the leaf a silvery soft wooly appearance. The upper surface of the leaf is green, glabrous and shows the markings of nerves by slight depressions. The margin is entire but slightly wavy near the base. The roots of Argyreia speciosa are varying in size as well as in thickness. The thin roots are usually 1-5 mm in diameter and show somewhat smooth brownish exterior. The thicker roots are 5-20 mm in diameter or ever more have a rough exterior due to the presence of large number of lenticels. The stem is white and tomentose in young stages. The older stem is so thick that it shows vertical ridges and numerous lenticels. The seeds are more or less triangular, 0.5 to 0.75 cm long up to 5 mm broad having two flat or slightly concave sides, the third side is convex. The outer surface is glabrous or at places with whitish patches of pulp. The texture is hard and not easily breakable.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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