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Description:Rauwolfia serpentina, commonly known as Sarpagandha is a perennial and an evergreen shrub. It is a widely known medicinal plant, with uses such as a remedy for high BP and as a sedative. But more importantly, Sarpagandha is used to cure snake bites and remove the toxin. It grows in lower Himalayas, the Eastern and Western Ghats, and the Andaman.
“Its root powder (called Sarpagandha Churna) is usually best for using in hypertension than its extract or derivatives to minimize its side effects and increase its effectiveness for long-standing action. It is also used for insomnia (sleeplessness), mental disorders characterized by symptoms like convulsions, excessive talking, maniacal behavior, aggressive behavior etc.”
Uses of Sarpagandha:
Benefits of Sarpagandha:
1. Treats Snake Bites
Sarpagandha is also known as snakeroot, and not without a reason. Not only does the lower body of the plant look like a snake, it acts as a panacea during snake bites. It is highly rich in alkaloid content.
2. Cures Hypertension
It is known to cure hypertension and high blood pressure. Reserpine present in Sarpagandha helps to achieve this by lowering catecholamine levels in the androgenic nerves.
3. Cures Insomnia
Sarpagandha has tranquil properties and helps to cure insomnia. It directly acts on the nervous system and makes it calm to help the person go to sleep.
4. Good for Gastrointestinal Ailments
It has been proven beneficial for gastrointestinal ailments as well. Sarpagandha with its acidic smell can be helpful during abdominal pain or even as an appetizer for people with anorexia.
5. Removes Toxins from the Skin
Sarpagandha’s root juice is essential to remove toxins from the skin. This also helps to decrease excess secretion from oil glands and thus keeps the skin free from pimples and boils.
Dosage of Sarpagandha:
Side effects of Sarpagandha:
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