Hindi: Eswaramooli, Ishwar mul.
Malayalam: Garudakkodi-ഗരുഡക്കൊടി, Eswaramulla-ഈശ്വരമുല്ല, Karalakam-കരളകം, Urithookki -ഉറിതൂക്കി)
It is a perennial climber shrub; it reaches a height of 5 m to 7 m. on trees, at the altitude of 600 m., and covered with thick foliage. The flowers are yellowish brown, once a year to produce seeds.
Useful plant parts:
Whole plant, leaf, roots, rhizomes
Indigestion, Blood pressure, Skin diseases, Snake bites, Diarrhea, fever, inflammation, Bronchial asthma relieving Rhumatic(Vata) diseases, bronchial asthma and cough, Gastric problems.
Indian birthwort, scientifically known as Aristolochia indica, is a plant that has been used in traditional Indian medicine, known as Ayurveda, for various medicinal purposes. However, it’s important to note that the use of Aristolochia species, including Aristolochia indica, has been a subject of controversy due to potential toxic effects on the kidneys and other organs. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any plant or herb for medicinal purposes.
In Ayurveda, Indian birthwort has been traditionally used for the following purposes:
Again, it is important to emphasize that the use of Indian birthwort and other Aristolochia species has raised concerns due to potential toxicity, particularly to the kidneys and other organs. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner, preferably one well-versed in traditional medicinal practices, before using Indian birthwort for any purpose.
Furthermore, due to the potential risks associated with Indian birthwort, some countries have imposed restrictions or bans on its use in herbal products. Always ensure that any herbal remedies you consider using are sourced from reputable and trusted suppliers.
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