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Trichopus zeylanicus - Jeevani

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Jeevani, Trichopus zeylanicus

Trichopus zeylanicus is a small herbaceous plant, which is one of only two species of its genus, Trichopus. Formerly it was placed in its own family, Trichopodaceae, but is now included in the Dioscoreaceae family. The herb grows on sandy soil near rivers and streams in shady places in lowland and intermediate altitude forests. It flowers year long and the fruits are thought to be dispersed by water. The unusual flowers are purplish black.


Stomach ulcers, Fatigue, Sexual performance problems, Curing liver disorders, Skin eruptions, Heavy fat, Liver problems, Diarrhea, Sore throats

Parts Used

Leaves, Rhizome,Fruits.

Chemical Composition

Detailed chemical & pharmacological investigations showed that the loaf of the plant contained flavonoid glycosides, glycolipids and some other non – steroidal compounds with profound adaptogenic & immune – enhancing properties.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Malayalam Arogyapaccka
Tamil Sattithanpatchilai
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Aarogyapaccha
English Agrimony


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)


Ushna (Hot)


Katu (Pungent)


Kapha, Vata



Small herbaceous plant



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Leaves ovate-lanceolate, acute or obtuse, apiculate, base deeply cordate, to 12 x 7 cm; 5-7 ribbed, petiole to 5 cm.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Maroon 6 Flowers fascicled at the base of the petiole. Perianth dark brown, campanulate, lobes lanceolate. Stamens 6, anthers apiculate.


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruit triquetrous, purple-brown; seeds dorsally grooved. {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

The licence to provide jeevani was granted to Arya Vaidya Pharmacy. A regular supply of the leaves of the plant was required. Scientifiec studies revealed that the medicinal properties of the plant are best manifested in plants growing in natural habitat.[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Peninsular Malaysia, Southern Peninsular Thailand, Southern India.

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