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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Anantamul  
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English: Indian Sarsaparilla  
Botanical: Hemidesmus indicus  
Hindi: Kapuri  
Telugu: Sugandhi-pala  
Common names: Sariva, sarbia, ontomulo, naruninti Nannari, tygade beru, anant-vel, durivel
Family name: Asclepiadaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Root

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Mathura [sweet].
  • Veerya: Seetaveerya.

4. Uses:

  • It is a good remedy for venereal diseases, herpes and skin diseases.
  • It also useful for arthritis, rheumatism.
  • It purifies the urino-genital tract.
  • Good remedy for gout , epilepsy, insanity, chronic nervous diseases.
  • It also effects nervous system.
  • It also cures intestinal gas, debility, impotence, turbid.
  • It is a good blood-cleanser.
  • Indian Sarsaparilla stimulates the production of sexual hormones.
  • The root extract has antibacterial activity.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Sugandhi: The plant with good fragrance.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Ushnahari: Removes heat from body.
  • Paityahari: Balances pitta.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna rakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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