Shalaparni {Desmodium gangeticum}

Shalaparni or Sarivan or vidarigandha or Sal Leaved Desmodium

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Pacifies Vata and Pitta and Kapha
  2. Taste –Sweet, bitter
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Traditional Action: Rejuvenating with antipyretic effects, one of the ingredients of dashamula
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, help treat nervous disorders, tuberculosis, typhoid, haemorrhoids, oedema, diabetes mellitus, anaemia, jaundice, gall bladder problems, vomiting, diarrhoea, dysentery, intestinal worms, skin diseases, and in childbirth.  


Modern Research

Shalaparni and its chemical components have a number of biological activities and have been investigated for the following effects: antioxidant, cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides and increasing HDL, antidiabetic, antileishmanial, immunomodulatory, neuroprotective, improved activities of glutathione reductase and catalase in the myocardial tissues, potential prophylactic and therapeutic efficacy against Leishmania infection. potent therapeutic agent against peptic ulcer disease, and improves memory and learning.

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