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Scientific Name: Rauvolfia serpentina

Seed Shape: Ovoid with unsmooth surface

Seed Size: 0.4 - 0.5 cm carpel length

Seed Color: Brown

Usage: Germination (not for oil extraction)

Age: Fresh (Ë‚ 6 months, good for germination)

Origin:  India

Seedling Height: 6” -  12” or above

Root cutting length: 4 - 6 inches

Packing of seeds: Plastic bag

Packing of seedlings/ cuttings: In plastic net bag

Availability: Throughout the year

General Details

Botanical Name: Rauvolfia serpentine

English Name: Indian Snakeroot/ Black Snakeroot

Hindi Name: Sarpagandha, Chandrabhaga, Chota-chand

Family: Apocynaceae

Propagation: By seeds/ rooted plants/ root cuttings

Medicinal Properties

Root: Sedative, Anti-epileptic, Anti-hypertensive, Good tranquilizer.

General characteristics

Sarpagandha is very common throughout India and the Himalayas. In India, it is abundantly seen in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, MP, and North East regions. It is also reported in China and South East Asia. It is an erect under-shrub. The leaves are 7-10 cm long, spear-shaped. The flowers are 1 inch long, white and pink. It contains nectar at the deep of the corolla tube. The blooming time is in the month of August and September. The root is branched and tuberous.

Medicinal Uses

Sarpagandha is used as a useful herb in the Ayurveda, Unani and Homoeopathy treatments. It is a famous tranquilizer and antipsychotic herb of India for the treatment of paranoia and schizophrenia, insomnia, hysteria and hypertension.  It is a strong remedy for reducing blood pressure, sedating the nervous system and inducing sleep. It is a wonderful brain tonic.

Its affinity for the blood takes it directly to the heart. It swiftly dilates the blood vessels, causing high blood pressure to drop and the heart rate to reduce. Sarpagandha root is used for the difficult childbirth. It is used to stimulate uterine contraction. It is used in various part of the world for the treatment of snake (cobra), scorpion or reptile bite and stings of any poisonous insects.

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