Mongoose plant

Scientific name of Mongoose plant: Ophiorrhiza mungos

Name of Mongoose/Payang-payang-gubat   plant in different languages:

Sanskrit: Sarpakshi, Sarpari

Hindi: Sarhati

Malayalam: Avilpori- അവിൽപ്പൊരി, Keeripacha-കീരിപ്പച്ച

Plant description:

It is an endemic, half-woody, erect, western Ghats herb growing up to 2.5 feet tall, flowering plants with small white flowers, leaves are 7 cm long and 3 cm wide, very thin, elliptic, Capsules are 2 to 6 millimeters in diameter.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oblong, Elliptic Margin-Entire Venation-Pinnate

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant.

Medicinal uses:

Ophiorrhiza mungos, commonly known as Munjataka or Mungishta, is a plant that holds significance in Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine in India. Various parts of this plant, including its roots, are used for their therapeutic properties. Here are some of the Ayurvedic uses of Ophiorrhiza mungos:

1. Digestive Disorders: The root of Ophiorrhiza mungos is used in Ayurveda to treat digestive issues. It is believed to have properties that can help improve digestion, alleviate stomach discomfort, and promote overall gastrointestinal health.

2. Fever and Infections: In Ayurvedic medicine, this plant is utilized in the treatment of fevers and infections. It is believed to possess antipyretic (fever-reducing) and antimicrobial properties, which may aid in managing various types of infections.

3. Respiratory Disorders: Ophiorrhiza mungos is sometimes used to address respiratory conditions. It may be used to alleviate symptoms associated with coughs, colds, and respiratory infections.

4. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Some traditional Ayurvedic texts suggest that this plant may possess anti-inflammatory properties. It may be used to help reduce inflammation in the body, which can be beneficial in conditions where inflammation is a factor.

5. Skin Disorders: Ophiorrhiza mungos is also used topically in Ayurvedic preparations for certain skin disorders. It is believed to have properties that can help soothe skin irritations and conditions.

6. Wound Healing: The plant is sometimes used in Ayurveda for its potential to support wound healing. It may be used topically to aid in the recovery of wounds and injuries.

7. Uterine Health: In some traditional Ayurvedic formulations, Ophiorrhiza mungos is used to support uterine health. It may be included in preparations aimed at addressing specific gynecological concerns.

8. Anti-diabetic Properties: There is some research suggesting that Ophiorrhiza mungos may have anti-diabetic properties. It may help regulate blood sugar levels, though further scientific studies are needed to establish this.

9. Anti-oxidant Activity: Some studies indicate that this plant may possess antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.

It’s important to note that while Ophiorrhiza mungos has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, scientific studies on its efficacy and safety are still limited, and it should be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. Additionally, specific dosages, formulations, and methods of preparation may vary based on individual circumstances and the expertise of the practitioner. Always consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy.


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