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Ingredient Name : Rauwolfia serpentina (Linn.) Benth.

Bengali Name : Nakuli, Gandhrasna, Chandra

Chinese Name : She gen mu, Yin du, Luo fu mu

English Name : Rauwolfia, Indian Snake Root, Serpentine Wood, Snakewood, Devilpepper

French Name : Bois-lait, Arbre aux serpents

German Name : Rauwolfiawurzel, Indische Schlangenwurzel

Gujarati Name : Amelpodee, Nolbel

Hindi Name : Chota Chand, Nakuli, Pagal Buti

Kannada Name : Sutranabhi

Latin name : Rauwolfia serpentina (Linn.) Benth.

Marathi Name : Chandra

Sanskrit Name : Sarpagandha

Urdu Name : Asraul


The root has anaesthetic, nervine and sedative properties. It has been employed for centuries for the relief of various central nervous system disorders, both psychic and motor, including anxiety states, insomnia, excitement, sexual aggression, maniacal behavior associated with psychosis, hypochondriasis, melancholia, schizophrenia, insanity, insomnia and epilepsy in Indian medicine for about 4000 years.

Extracts of the root are valued for the treatment of intestinal disorders, particularly diarrhoea and dysentery. It is also used as an anthelmintic. It contains Reserpine alkaloid which is used for mild, essential hypertension.

Recommended Dosage: 500 mg to 2 g powder of dried roots.

Contraindication: This herb is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation, in patients with low blood pressure, those with a history of mental depression, and active peptic ulcer and ulcerative colitis.