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Operculina turpethum - Trivrit

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Trivrit, Operculina turpethum

Trivritis a climber in the morning glory family with white flowers. It can be found throughout India.


Constipation, Worm infestation, Inflammation, Spleen diseases, Heart disorders, Bloating [1]

Parts Used

Roots, Leaves

Chemical Composition

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Alutigade, Bili tigade, Aluthi gida, Bangada balli
Hindi Nisotar, Nisoth, Nukpatar, Tarbut
Malayalam Sivata, Chivaka, Trikolpakkonna
Tamil Adimbu, Saralam, Kumbham, Shivadai-ver
Telugu Erra tegada, Nalla tegada
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Ardhachandra, Arunatrivrt, Tribhandi, Sarala
English Turpeth root



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter), Katu (Pungent)


Laghu (Light), Rooksha (Dry), Teekshna (Piercing)


Ushna (Hot)



Kapha, Pitta


Rechana (Causes purgation)





Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate Leaves alternate, broadly ovate, 5-10 by 4-8.5 cm, base cordate, apex acute or obtuse, mucronate, thinly pubescent; petiole 2-7 cm long.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Solitary or few in axillary cymes White Flower(s) solitary or few in axillary cymes. Calyx lobes ovate, outer larger, 2 by 1.5 cm, thick coriaceous at age.cCrolla white, c. 3 cm across. Ovary 2-locular.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
A capsule Ovoid Seeds glabrous {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used


Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

The plants can be raised by vegetative propagation as well as from seeds. Best method for raising the plants is to use vegetative cuttings of length 10 cm, which should have two nodes.[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area.

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