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Bengali Name : Nakuli, Gandhrasna, Chandra
Chinese Name : She gen mu, Yin du, Luo fu mu
English Name : Rauwolfia, Indian Snake Root, Serpentine Wood, Snakewood, Devilpepper
French Name : Bois-lait, Arbre aux serpents
German Name : Rauwolfiawurzel, Indische Schlangenwurzel
Gujarati Name : Amelpodee, Nolbel
Hindi Name : Chota Chand, Nakuli, Pagal Buti
Kannada Name : Sutranabhi
Latin name : Rauwolfia serpentina (Linn.) Benth.
Marathi Name : Chandra
Sanskrit Name : Sarpagandha
Urdu Name : Asraul
Recommended Dosage: 500 mg to 2 g powder of dried roots.
Contraindication: This herb is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation, in patients with low blood pressure, those with a history of mental depression, and active peptic ulcer and ulcerative colitis.
The root has anaesthetic, nervine and sedative properties. It has been employed for centuries for the relief of various central nervous system disorders, both psychic and motor, including anxiety states, insomnia, excitement, sexual aggression, maniacal behavior associated with psychosis, hypochondriasis, melancholia, schizophrenia, insanity, insomnia and epilepsy in Indian medicine for about 4000 years.
Extracts of the root are valued for the treatment of intestinal disorders, particularly diarrhoea and dysentery. It is also used as an anthelmintic. It contains Reserpine alkaloid which is used for mild, essential hypertension.