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anantmool

A milky latex-yielding, twiny climber. The roots of Anantmool are woody, slender and aromatic. The stem is cylindrical and thickened at nodes. The leaves are arranged alternately in pairs at right angles. The flowers are small, yellow to greenish purple and found in branched cluster (cymes) at the axis of the leaf. The fruits are a pair of long follicles, which are divergent.

A potent blood purifier herb.

Health benefits:

A blood purifier protects skin from infections. Clear heat and inflammation from the skin. It ‘cleans’ the blood, stops itching and reduces supperation. It used in eczema, erisepylis, psoriasis, urticaria from heat and aggravated pitta. The root powder is used to treat STDs that are damp and hot.

Ayurvedic Properties:

It is pitta pacifier and anti-inflammatory, best medine for blood disorders.

Purifies breast milk, hence cures lactating disorders, Di-uiretic without affecting kidneys, reduces burning micturition.

Sanskrit : Anantamula, Sariva, Karpoori, Sugandhi
English : Indian sarsaparilla
Latin Name : Hemidesmus indicus
Family : Asclepiadaceae

Anantmool means ”the eternal root” as the root of the plant spreads for a long way under the ground. The roots have a sweet smell like camphor hence known as karpuri.

Morphology: It is a found through out India .A special kind of milky latex is found in the climber. The roots are woody, slender and aromatic. The stem is cylindrical and thickened at nodes. The leaves are arranged alternately in pairs at right angles. The flowers are small, yellow to greenish purple and found in branched cluster (cymes) at the axis of the leaf. The fruits are a pair of long follicles, which are divergent.

Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties:

Rasa : Madhur (Sweet), Tikta (Bitter)
Guna : Guru (Heavy), Snigdha (Oily)
Virya : Shita (Cold)
Vipaka : Madhur (Sweet)
Doshakarma : Tridoshashamak (Alleviate all the three Dosha- V, P, K)
Useful parts: Roots.

Chemical Composition:

It contains essential oil, Starch, Coumarin, Tannic acid, Triterpenoid saponins

Medicinal Properties:

It is an alternative, diaphoretic, depurative, diuretic, immunosuppressant, aphrodisiac, refrigerant and tonic action. It is also antisyphilitic, anti-leucorrhoeic, galactogenic, anti-diarrhoeal, anti-rheumatic, febrifuge. It helps in indigestion. It improves quality and quantity of sperms. It helps in curing dyspepsia, dysentery, cough, bronchitis, leucorrhoea, uterine hemorrhage, dysuria, and blood diseases. The drug is also useful in skin diseases, fever, thirst, vomiting, poisoning, anemia, and debility.

Medicinal Uses of Anantmool:

Skin: It helps in treating Eczema, Erysipelas, Psoriasis, and Urticaria from heat and aggravated Pitta. It ‘cleans’ the blood, stops itching and reduces supperation. The root powder is used to treat STDs that are damp and hot.
Urinary: Urinary infections with dark red, cloudy, painful urination; cystitis, urethritis, kidney infections, prostatitis.
Nerves: Its alterative and purificatory nature extends to the mind, hence its used in disturbed, angry or irritated emotions from high Pitta . It reduces Vata indirectly by calming the flames of Pitta.
It is used in certain bacterial conditions such as Gonorrheal neuralgia, Syphilis, Venereal disease.
It is used in Auto immune disease such as Rheumatism, Rheumatoid arthritis and also used in Nephritic disorders.
It is also used in mouth sores of children.

Important formulations: Sairvadyasava.

Home remedies:
Its root powder is effective in female disorders like Pradara Roga especially in Shweta Pradar (leucorrhea).

Summary:

These clinical studies show that Sariva/Anantmool is a potent hepatoprotective herb. It acts against hepatotoxicity when taken regularly, increases appetite, and cures dyspepsia, deficient digestive power. Another research team has also proved it as neutralized viper venom-induced changes in serum phosphatase and transaminase activity in male albino rats. The It has also concluded in this study that this compound effectively neutralized inflammation induced by Vipera russelli venom in male albino mice and reduced cotton pellet-induced granuloma in rats and produced a significant fall in body temperature in yeast-induced pyrexia in rats but did not change the normothermic body temperature. Anantmool also has adjuvant effects and antiserum action. It has viper venom inhibiting properties.