China root

Scientific name of China root: Smilax China

Name of China roots in different languages:-

English: Smilax, China root

Sanskrit: Madhusnuhi, Dweepantaravacha

Hindi: Chopchini

Malayalam: Cheenapavu-ചീനപ്പാവ്, Pavu-പാവ്

Plant description:

China root plant is a bushy spiny plant, that grows about 3 feet high, the leaves are thin, membranous, ovate to ovate-oblong, five-nerved, acute or obtuse at both ends, root or rhizome is stipules, distinct obtuse and hard, large, blackish outer, pale and whitish internally. Flowers are small found in umbels greenish yellow, fruits are red and small.

Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

Used in the treatment of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, urinary tract infections, skin ulcers, and enteritis, and useful in old syphilitic cases.

Ayurveda medicinal uses of China root Plant

China Root (Smilax china) holds several medicinal uses in Ayurveda. Here are some of its traditional applications:

1. Anti-inflammatory Properties: China Root is valued for its anti-inflammatory effects, making it useful in conditions like arthritis and joint pain.

2. Digestive Health: It is used to improve digestion and alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort. China Root is believed to stimulate digestive enzymes and promote a healthy digestive system.

3. Diuretic and Detoxifying Agent: In Ayurvedic practice, it is used as a diuretic to promote the elimination of toxins from the body, particularly through the urinary system.

4. Respiratory Support: China Root is used to address respiratory issues, such as coughs and congestion. It is believed to have expectorant properties that help clear the respiratory passages.

5. Rheumatism and Gout: It is traditionally used to alleviate symptoms of rheumatism and gout, conditions characterized by joint pain and inflammation.

6. Blood Purification: China Root is believed to purify the blood and improve overall circulation. It is used in formulations targeting conditions related to the circulatory system.

7. Supports Skin Health: Some preparations of China Root are used for skin conditions, as it is believed to have cleansing and healing properties that benefit the skin.

8. Aphrodisiac Properties: In certain traditional remedies, China Root is used for its potential aphrodisiac effects to enhance sexual vitality.

9. Balances Pitta Dosha: In Ayurvedic terms, it is considered to be beneficial for balancing the Pitta dosha, which governs metabolism, digestion, and other transformative processes in the body.

10. General Tonic: China Root is used as a general tonic to enhance vitality and overall well-being.

11. Regulates Menstrual Cycle: It is used in some formulations to regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate associated discomfort.

12. Immune Support: Some traditional practices incorporate Chinese roots for their potential to strengthen the immune system, although scientific evidence on this aspect may be limited.

Always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using China Root for medicinal purposes. It’s crucial to ensure that it is used safely and appropriately, considering individual health conditions and any potential interactions with other medications or treatments.

Chemical contents:

Antiscrophulatic, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic and tonic.

China root is used as an ingredient to prepare Ayurvedic medicines like:-

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