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  • Sarpagandha

    Product Information

    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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