East Indian Screw Tree

The scientific name of the East Indian screw tree: Helicteres isora Linn

Name of East Indian screw tree in different languages:

Sanskrit: Avartaphala, Rangalata, Vamavarta, tindukini, vibhandi avarttani, mrigashringi

Hindi: Marorphali-मरोड़ फली, Bhendu, Jonkphal,

Malayalam: Valampiri-വലമ്പിരി

Plant description:

East Indian screw tree – Helicteres isora Linn is a partially deciduous shrub, in WesternGhats, hilly areas, grow up to 5 meters tall, leaves are simple, nerved with a serrated margin, scabrous at the top and pubescent bottom, the stem is 2.5 to 12.5 cm in diameter, the bark is gray parts is covered with hairs. Flowers are orange-red, solitary, 2.5 to 5cm long. Fruits are greenish-brown, about 5 cm long; beak-shaped and spiral to both left or right, cylindrical, in maturity by exploding, scatter the small seeds.

Useful plant parts: bark, fruit, root

Medicinal uses:

It contains many antioxidants, anticancer, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial activities, it is used in diabetic treatments.

Ayurveda uses of East Indian Screw Tree

The East Indian Screw Tree, scientifically known as Helicteres isora, is utilized in Ayurvedic medicine for various therapeutic purposes. Here are some common applications:

  1. Digestive Aid: It is used to alleviate digestive issues like indigestion, bloating, and abdominal discomfort.
  2. Anti-inflammatory: East Indian Screw Tree is employed to reduce inflammation in conditions like arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.
  3. Respiratory Support: It may be used to manage respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis due to its expectorant properties.
  4. Wound Healing: It is believed to aid in the healing of wounds and skin injuries.
  5. Anti-diabetic Properties: Some studies suggest it may help in managing blood sugar levels.
  6. Menstrual Disorders: It is used in formulations to regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate related discomfort.
  7. Urinary Disorders: It is believed to have diuretic properties and may be used to support urinary health.
  8. Anti-parasitic: It is traditionally used to address parasitic infections.
  9. Fever Management: It is believed to help in reducing fever.
  10. Cardiovascular Health: Some practitioners use it to support heart health and improve circulation.
  11. Anti-microbial Properties: It is believed to possess properties that help combat various pathogens.
  12. Liver Support: It may be included in formulations aimed at promoting liver health and function.

Always consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using East Indian Screw Tree or any other herbal remedy for therapeutic purposes. They can guide appropriate dosage, preparation, and potential interactions with other medications or treatments. Additionally, scientific research on the efficacy and safety of East Indian Screw Tree may be limited, and the information provided here is based on traditional uses.


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