Trade name : Safed musli This is a genus of two hundred species and twelve are native to India. These are rhizomatous herbs and roots fascicled, often thick fleshy and tuber like. It is a rhizomatous herb. Leaves are suberect lanceolate and many nerved.

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Safed musli is a wonder drug and this contains a new glycoside 5, dimethoxy myricetin 3-O- -L-. Tiwari and Misra -- The tubers of the plant contain free sugars, 7. Health benefits of Safed Musli Safed Musli has very good ayurvedic medicinal use. It is a rich source of over 25 alkaloids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, steroids saponins and polysachharides etc. It gives strength Mush prepared as a paste with goats milk or honey and applied locally over the face, brightens the complexion of the face.

It is extensively used as an ingredient of aphrodisiac preparations. Kali mush is more effective than Sweta mush, which is botanically identified as Chlorophytum tuberosum. The root stock extracts is effective mainly on the urinary system and is considered to be diuretic in action. It is given in dysuria, poluria, gonorrhoea in addition to the menorrhagia, lcueorrhoea, piles and leucoderma.

The drug is considered to be alternative appetiser, fattening and restorative. It is employed in bronchitis, opthalmic conditions, vomiting, dyspepsia, lumbago, pain in the joints and in the diseases of nerves.

It is considered to have carminative, tonic, aphrodisiac and anti-pyretic properties. This herb is used in laddoos for women postpartum. The medicinal value is thought to derive from its saponin content, up to 17 percent by dry weight. The saponins and alkaloids present in the plant are the source of its alleged aphrodisiac properties.

Saponins are being promoted commercially as dietary supplements and nutraceuticals. There is evidence of the presence of saponins in traditional medicine preparations In the Ayurvedic literature, Safed Musli is celebrated as a Divya Aushad with unparalleled medicinal properties. It is a chief ingredient in the preparation of over a hundred Ayurvedic formulations.

Safed Musli is also gaining increasing acceptance as a vitalizer and health-giving tonic, a curative for pre-natal and post-natal problems, a restorative for immunity-improvement and as a remedy for diabetes and arthritis. Safed Musli has been found to be an ideal aphrodisiac with no negative side-effects associated with chemical-based aphrodisiac.

It is rich source of over 25 alkaloids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, steroid, seponins and polysaccharides etc. A number of Health tonics Sexual tonics are prepared from Safed Musli.

Used for Sexual weakness, low libido, low sperm count etc. It is also found to be effective as a energetic one in cases of cough and asthma. Primarily used as a tonic and rejuvenative for the reproductive system. For premature ejaculation, impotence, low sperm count in men. Also used in chronic leucorrhoea. Useful during pregnancy as a nutritive tonic for mother and fetus.

Post-partum it replenishes lost fluids, prana, ojas and improves the quantity and flow of breast milk. Apart from its aphrodisiac property, Chlorophytum borivilianum has following other health benefits - Strengthens immunity — In asthma patients it boosts the energy. Pregnancy — The herb is used as nutritive tonic for fetus and mother both. The herb replenishes the fluids of body during parturition. Obesity — It controls and prevents obesity.

It also helps in prevention of side-effects related to obesity. Diabetes — The herb is an effective cure for arthritis and diabetes. Leucorrhea — The herb is used in treatment of chronic leucorrhea and prevents premature ejaculation. Consumption of this herb increases HDL or production of good cholesterol. Regular intake of the herb reduces hepatic lipid profiles and plasma.


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Vishal N. Abstract Chlorophytum tuberosum Baker belongs to family Liliaceae and is being used in the indigenous systems of medicine as a galactogogue and aphrodisiac. It is being sold in the market under the common name safed musali. The white tuberous roots of this plant are the medicinally useful parts. The tuberous roots of other species of Chlorophytum, Asparagus, Bombax and Orchids are also sometimes called safed musali leading to confusion. In order to ensure correct botanical standardization to remove the controversy, a detailed pharmacognostic study on tuberous roots of Chlorophytum has been carried out in this study. In India, it is found in rainfed areas.


Identification guide General Chlorophytum tuberosum is a herb usually growing up to 20—50 cm tall. Its underground parts comprise a short rhizome, often surrounded by fibres, which bears swollen roots with dark tubers to up 7 cm long at their tips. Root tubers fleshy, fascicled and directly originate from the stem disc devoid of any fibrous structure. The shape of tubers is cylindrical, the thickness is average 0. The number of tubers varies from plant to plant and on an average tubers per plant are observed and slightly tapering towards lower side look like pestle. Due to its extensive use, it is naturally an endangered plant.


Kew Species Profiles General Description Chlorophytum tuberosum is one of several species of Chlorophytum used in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional Hindu system of medicine. Safed musli, as it is known in Hindi, is a herb commonly found in forest patches in India, and is used in a tonic intended to give strength and vigour. The spider plant C. Species Profile Geography and distribution Widespread from Nigeria to eastern tropical Africa, and also found across central and southern India to Burma Myanmar. Chlorophytum tuberosum normally grows at up to 1, m above sea level, but has been found at the summit of the Travancore Range in India at 2, m above sea level.



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