Benefits of Sarpagandha

Sarpagandha is a perennial undershrub growing all over India and Srilanka. Sarpagandha means ‘smell of the snake’. It is a good remedy for high blood pressure and nervous disorders.

Benefits of Sarpagandha: Insomnia, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, insect stings, dysentery, hypochondria, fevers, nervous disorders, intestinal diseases.

Action: Bitter tonic, sedative, febrifuge.

Scientific name: Rauvolfia serpentina.

Useful part: Root.

Dosage: 250–750mg per day powder.


Rasa (taste): Bitter

Vırya(energy): Hot

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent

Guna (quality): Dry, light

Dosa effect: VPK-

Dhatu(tissue): Blood, nerve,reproductive

Srotas (channel): Nervous,circulatory, reproductive

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Sarpagandha of ancient ayurvedic text was not the sarpagandha of modern times. Sarpagandhaa was equated with Naakuli, Varshaasu Chhatrikaaraa and Sarpachhatrikaa.

English: Rauvolfia root, Serpentina Root, Indian Snakeroot.

Precautions: Not to be used in large doses.

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