Indian Ipecac

The Scientific name of Indian Ipecac: Tylophora Indica

Name of Indian Ipecac  in different languages:

English: Milk vine

Sanskrit: Arkaparni, Lataksiri, Shwasaghni

Hindi: अंतमूल Antamul, Jangli pikvam

Malayalam: Vallippala വള്ളിപ്പാല

Plant description:

Indian Ipecac -Tylophora indica is a small climbing herb, slender, much branched and velvety. Leaves are heart-shaped at the base, ovate, 6 to 11 cm long and 3.8 to 6 cm broad, apex tapered. Flowers are small, 1 to 1.5 cm across. The flowers are in cymes in leaf axils, greenish- yellow in color, oblong and pointy petals. Fruits are ovoid, up to 7 cm long, Flowering is August to December.

Leaf Arrangement


Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate
 oblong-ovate  Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:

Root, leaf

Medicinal uses:

Modern studies show that it has the ability to treat and prevent Leukemia, and is also useful to treat bronchial asthma, inflammation, bronchitis, allergies, dermatitis, loose motion, rheumatic pain, rabies infection etc.

Chemical content:

Alkaloids including Tylophoronidin.

Ayurveda medicinal uses

Indian Ipecac, also known as Tylophora indica, is a plant that has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for its medicinal properties. It is important to note that while Indian Ipecac has a history of traditional use, its use in modern herbal medicine is a subject of ongoing research, and it should be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Here are some of the traditional Ayurvedic uses of Indian Ipecac:

  1. Respiratory Disorders:
    • Indian Ipecac is believed to have expectorant properties, which means it may help to expel mucus from the respiratory tract. It has been used in Ayurveda to support conditions like bronchitis, asthma, and coughs.
  2. Digestive Health:
    • It is traditionally used for its potential to stimulate digestion and alleviate digestive discomforts. It may be used to address conditions like indigestion and loss of appetite.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Properties:
    • Indian Ipecac is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may be beneficial for reducing inflammation in the body.
  4. Immunomodulatory Effects:
    • Some traditional Ayurvedic practitioners believe that Indian Ipecac may have immunomodulatory effects, potentially helping to regulate the immune system.
  5. Antioxidant Activity:
    • Compounds found in Indian Ipecac may possess antioxidant properties, which can help protect the body from oxidative stress.
  6. Liver Health:
    • It is used in traditional Ayurvedic formulations for its potential to support liver function and detoxification processes.
  7. Fever:
    • Some traditional practices use Indian Ipecac to help reduce fever.
  8. Rheumatic Disorders:
    • It may be used in Ayurvedic formulations for conditions involving joint pain and inflammation.
  9. Wound Healing:
    • Indian Ipecac may be used topically in some traditional remedies to promote wound healing.
  10. Menstrual Disorders:
    • It is sometimes included in Ayurvedic preparations to help regulate menstrual cycles and address associated discomforts.
  11. Anti-diarrheal:
    • Indian Ipecac is believed to have potential anti-diarrheal properties, which may help in cases of diarrhea.

As with any herbal remedy, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner or an Ayurvedic expert before using Indian Ipecac for therapeutic purposes. They can provide guidance on dosage, preparation, and potential interactions with other medications or conditions. Additionally, scientific research on the specific medicinal properties and efficacy of Indian Ipecac is ongoing, and caution should be exercised when using it for therapeutic purposes.

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