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Hemidesmus indicus - Ananthamoola
Hemidesmus indicus is a climber found throughout India. The plant is widely exploited from the wild for its root, which is used medicinally. Plant populations in some areas have dropped dramatically and the plant is now being experimentally cultivated in India.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 How to plant/cultivate
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
Hemidesmus indicus can be used in Food Leaves cooked as vegetable and roots used in preparation of tea.
Nerolidol (1.2%), borneol (0.3%), linalyl acetate (0.2%), dihydrocarvyl acetate (0.1%), salicylaldehyde (0.1%), isocaryophyllene (0.1%), alpha terpinyl acetate (traces) and 1, 8-cineol (traces) are important as aromatic and bioactive principles
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, VeNannarierya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Tikta (Bitter), Madhura (Sweet)
Guru (heavy), Snigda (oily)
Hemidesmus indicus Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-C and E; Alkaloids; Flavanoids; Glycosides; Phytosterols; Phenols; Saponins; Terpenoids; Tannins; Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc.
|Simple||Opposite||The leaves are variable, elliptic–oblong to linear–lanceolate, variegated, and white above and silvery-white pubescent beneath|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Unisexual||2-4cm long||Greenish purple||5-20||Flowers are crowded in axillary cymes in small compact clusters. Flowering season is October-January|
|Paired||Fruits cylindrical, pointed, and slender. Seeds are oblong in shape||Fruits mature in January||Many||Fruiting season is October-January|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
The plant can best be propagated from stem and rootstock cuttings obtained from more than one-year-old plants. Rootstock cuttings have better sprouting and survival rates than stem cuttings. Hemidesmus indicus is available throughout the year
Commonly seen growing in areas
- ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.653, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
- "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.89, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
- Ayurvedic preparations
- Cultivation details