Medicinal Herbs: Anantamool – Hemidesmus Indicus

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In the Indian medical system of Ayurveda it goes by the name of Anantamool or Sariva. It is administered in the form of powder, infusion or decoction as syrup. It is one of the Rasayana (Ayana {path}, Rasa {essence}). It is a term that, in Ayurvedic medicine means the science of lengthening lifespan) plants of Ayurveda.

It has been revered for its medicinal properties for thousands of years not only by the practitioners of Ayurveda but also in the folk and tribal medicine. Traditionally it was used as a healing herb as well as a magical-spiritual dream herb. It is used to treat stomach problems, cure rashes, ease the mind, quell the symptoms of syphilis and induce trance and deep meditative states. In Ayurveda it is prescribed to men who suffer from low libido and sexual impotence, it is believed that the active compounds produced by the roots improve male testosterone levels and therefore sexual desire, sperm count, sperm motility and overall sexual performance.

For thousands of years, Ayurvedacharyas have developed numerous medicinal uses and a wide variety of traditional medicines made with Anantamool root. Several of these traditional uses have been validated by modern science and the plant is still prescribed as medicine till date. The majority of traditional remedies and medicinal tonics are almost exclusively made from the plant’s roots; however for skin related issues and as a digestive aid the whole plant is utilized. Over the ages some major therapeutic uses that have been time tested and shown to be effective are that, it is effective as an anti-inflammatory, diuretic, quick healing of wounds, prevents miscarriages, improves fertility, and treats syphilis.

Ayurvedic practitioners have used Anantamool root to promote a calm and tranquil state of mind, to maintain mental clarity. It is a powerful herb that is used by many people to aid in meditation and trance. Scientific studies have shown that it is very effective in treating arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, epileptic seizures, high blood pressure, and stress.

In traditional folk and tribal wisdom, healers used the roots to detoxify the blood, alleviate skin irritations and rashes, to treat urinary tract infection, and to reduce fevers. Women use its root to minimize the hazards of miscarriage and for safe delivery of the child.

A tea prepared using the root produces a calming, clarifying, feeling of euphoria and tranquility. The syrup made with concoction of the roots is used to make a Sherbet, which is more prevalent in South India.

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