Botanical name – Hemidesmus indicus
Family name – Asclepiadaceae
English name – Indian Sarsaparilla
Common name – Anantmool
Habit – Perennial herb
Common Uses – It is an alternative, diaphoretic, depurative, diuretic, immunosuppressant, aphrodisiac, refrigerant and tonic action. It is also antisyphilitic, anti-leucorrhoeic, galactogenic, anti-diarrhoeal, anti-rheumatic, and febrifuge. It helps in indigestion. It improves the quality and quantity of sperms. It helps in curing dyspepsia, dysentery, cough, bronchitis, leucorrhoea, uterine hemorrhage, dysuria, and blood diseases. The drug is also useful in skin diseases, fever, thirst, vomiting, poisoning, anemia, and debility. Poly-herbal preparations containing Hemidesmus are used for the treatment of cancer.
Parts used – Roots
Indications – It is used externally as paste in burning sensation, conjunctivitis. It is used internally in gout, rheumatoid arthritis, burning micturition, leucorrhoea, skin disorders, and oedema.
Product description – Anantmool is the main ingredient in Bhringraj Oil, PratirodhaKalpa, and Sundarikalp (Menopause) Tea.