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Rauvolfia serpentina - Sarpa Gandha
Rauvolfia serpentina is a species of flower in the family Apocynaceae. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and East Asia from India to Indonesia.
- 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
High blood sugar, Lowering blood pressure, Cataract, Plague, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Psychosis, Epilepsy, Colic, Cholera, Snake bite , Hypochondria, Mental disorders, Intractable skin disorder, Psoriasis.
Ajmaline, ajmalinine and ajmalicine, serpentine, serpentinine, alkaloids, reserpine, rescinnamine and yohimbine.
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)
Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry), Tikshna (Sharp)
|Simple||In whorls of 3, thin, lanceolate, acute, bright green above and pale beneath|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Unisexual||2-4cm long||Violet||5||Flowers are in irregular corymbose cymes, white, often tinged with violet. Flowering season is May-January|
|Simple||7–10 mm||Clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown||Many||Fruiting season is May-January|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- Vishatinduka Taila as root juice extract
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Its grows spontaneous in tropical forests (temp,10°C to 40°C) which are humid in summer at an altitude up to about 1200 metres.