Indian Sarsaparilla

Latin name: Hemidesmus indicus R. Br. (Asclepiadaceae)

Sanskrit/Indian name: Anantamul, Sariva

General information:

Indian Sarsaparilla is known in Ayurveda as a tonic, alterative, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic and blood purifier. It is beneficial in treating skin and urinary disorders.

The plant is found throughout Central, Western and Southern India.

Therapeutic constituents:

The coumarinolignoids hemidesmine and hemidesmin are the major chemical constituents of the herb, which give Indian Sarsaparilla its therapeutic properties.

Key therapeutic benefits:

  • Indian Sarsaparilla cools the urinary tract, which effectively alleviates the burning sensation during urination.
  • The herb is also helpful in treating urinary infections and kidney disorders.
  • As an antibacterial, Indian Sarsaparilla treats skin diseases and promotes skin healing.