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Hemidismus indica CAPSULEs home
Latin name: Hemidismus indica
Family: Asclepiadaceae 
Common name: Sariva, Anantmoola 
English name: Indian sarsaparilla,

Sariva grows all over India. 


Hemidismus Indica Capsules

Macroscopic identification 
It is a creeping plant. The root is dull red to dark brown with fine longitudinal wrinkles and transverse cracks whereas the root-stock has a number of vegetative buds on the surface

Parts used

Root, root bark and juice.

Pharmacological action

Alterative, depurative, diaphoretic, immunodepressant

Actions and uses in ayurveda

Kushtam, Amavishnashanam, Varnya, Jwaram, Dahaprashamana, Prameham, Pittadaham, inflammations, Raktapittaghna, Sugandhi, Doshtrayanashanam. 


Autoimmune disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Chronic Skin Disorders, Asthma, bronchitis

Coumarins, Essential oil, Saponin.The flavanoid glycosides identified in the flowers of H. indicus, were hyperoside,isoquercitin and rutin whereas in the leaves, only hyperoside and rutin were identified. (Subramaniam & Nair, 1968). Tannins are present in leaves in an amount of 2.5 per cent. The roots were reported to contain (-sitoserol (Chatterjee & Bhattacharya, 1955), a new ester identified as lupeol octacosanoate in addition to the known compounds viz., lupeol, (-amyrin, (-amyrin, lupeol acetate, (-amyrin acetate, and hexatriacontane. 

Properties and action

Rasa: madhura, tikta
Guna: guru, snigdh
Virya: sita
Vipaka: madhura
Karma: tridosh shamak, shothhar, dipan,pachan, anuloman, mutrajanan, raktshodhak, visaghna, aamnasanm, jvarhara 
Preparations: decoction, paste, infusions, syrup, powder

Therapeutic classification index
  • Central nervous system its alterative and pacificator nature extends to the mind, hence its use in disturbed, angry or irritated emotions aggravating the equilibrium of the mind. 

  • Respiratory system: it is given in expectorant cough and dyspnea. 

  • Digestive system: Useful herb for stimulating the appetite aggravating any acidity. It is a benefit to sluggish digestion. Used in inflammation of the mucus membranes throughout the body. Also used in diarrhea. 

  • Reproductive system Traditional use for maintaining pregnancy and preventing habitual abortions. Used to increase the quantity and quality of breast milk. Also may be of benefit for menorrhagia Classified as a sperm increasing herb, it is of value in fertility problems, low libido. Its saponin content is considered to have a steroidal effect that enhances the production of testosterone 

  • Skin Clear heat and inflammation from the skin- used in eczema, erysipelas, psoriasis, urticaria from heat. It 'cleans' the blood, stops itching and reduces supperation. The root powder is used to treat STDs that are damp and hot. Used as an external paste or in a cream it can benefit red, hot, oozing inflammatory skin problems. It is a specific for acne. 

  • Genito- urinary system: Urinary infections with dark red, cloudy, painful urination; cystitis, urethritis, kidney infections, prostatitis 

Dose: Paste 5-10 gms

Capsule Sariva contains pure and concentrated Sariva 
Dosage: one capsule twice a day.
Package 60 capsules


  1. Prof P.V Sharma, Dravya Guna Vigyana, Vol II, pg 798-800 
  2. Dr.KM Nadkarni, The Indian Materia Medica, Vol.I, pg 619-622 
  3. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India, Part I, Vol.I, pg 107 


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