Argyreia speciosa L. Sweet Convolvulus nervosus Burm. Convolvulus speciosus L. Santaloides minus  Lettsomia nervosa Burm. Argyreia nervosa is a perennial climbing vine native to the Indian subcontinent and introduced to numerous areas worldwide, including Hawaii , Africa , and the Caribbean. Though it can be invasive, it is often prized for its aesthetic and medicinal value.
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Vruddhadaru- Argyreia speciosa is a plant mentioned for the treatment of swelling, rheumatoid arthritis, general debility, leucorrhea, oligospermia and diabetes. Latin name- Argyreia speciosa Sweet. Some identify Argyreia nervosa as Vridha Daru. Family- Convolvulaceae. Vridd daru Sanskrit Synonyms: Trikonakanda- the stem of the vine is triangular Hasthi valli- The leaf is big like the palm Samudra patra- The leaf resembles the foam in sea waves when viewed from a distance Ajaantri, Mahashyma, Vallari , Deergha, Samudra palaka, Avegi, Jongaka, Jirnavalaka, Antakotarapushpi — flower with a hollow inside Mahishavallari, Ajantri, Mahashyama, Vellari, Deerghavalaka, Jeernadaru.
Hairs like small structures are seen over the stem of the plant. The leaves are wide, big and smooth at the top surface and have thin hair like structure on the lower surface. The flowers are bell shaped and purple to pink colored. The seeds of the plant are pale white and intoxicating in nature. Part used- Root, Seed powder Dosage- 3 to 6 g of root powder, 1 to 2 g of seed powder.
According to Bhojana Kutuhalam twelfth chapter, both the varieties of vruddhadaru are sweet, slimy and aggravates kapha and vata. It is strengthening in nature, treats cough and ama dosha and one of them reduces virility. Chemical constituents of Argyreia speciosa The plant contains tannins and resin. The roots yielded and resins of amber colour, soluble in either and benzole and partly soluble in alkaloids.
The seeds are reported to contain alkaloids, chanoclavine, ergine, ergonovime and isoergine. The extract of seeds exhibits hypotensive and hallucinating activity. Traditional uses: Rasayana — anti aging, causes cell and tissue rejuvenation Shukrakara — improves sperm and semen quality, quantity Ayukara — improves life expectancy Balakara — improves strength and immunity Medhya — improves intelligence Agnikara — improves digestion strength Swarakara — improves voice tone and quality Kantikara — improves skin complexion Sara — induces mobility, causes diarrhea, purgation, relieves constipation.
The dried seeds are intoxicating and can cause hallucination and inebriated condition. Due to this reason the seeds are banned in some European countries. Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine? This product does not react with homeopathic medicine. Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc? Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements.
However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine. If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine. Banovit capsule: It is a proprietary Ayurvedic medicine to regain loss of vigour, vitality and libido, and also it is a natural aphrodisiac.
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Research articles related to Argyreia speciosa: Anti- anxiety activity: Aim of the present study was a comparative evaluation of antianxiety activity of three traditionally used medicinal plants — Argyreia speciosa Roots , Caesalpinia digyna Roots and Sphaeranthus indicus Flowers. The activity of various extracts petroleum ether, chloroform, ethanol and water of all the three plants was evaluated using elevated plus-maze model.
The studies were conducted on lacca mice, and the test materials were administered per oral route. Results indicate that the ethanol extract of C. Anti- inflammatory action: The study was carried out using male albino mice gm and male wistar rats gm. The ME was prepared using soxhlet extraction process. The effect of ME of A. The anti-inflammatory activity of ME of AS roots was studied using carrageenan-induced rat paw edema.
The ME of A. Wound healing property: In order to find scientific evidence for the traditional utilization of leaves of A. The water extract of A.
The present report supports the traditional use of Argyreia speciosa leaves for wound healing and signify its relevant therapeutic potential. Author: Dr. Prashanth M. D Ayu , Ph. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Install this on your iPhone and then Add to Home Screen. Family- Convolvulaceae Table of Contents. Write Your Comment Below Cancel reply.
Vridhadaru/वृद्धदारु/Elephant Creeper/Argyreia Speciosa
Department of Pharmacology, A. College of Pharmacy and G. Argyreia speciosa Linn. Sweet is a popular Indian medicinal plant, which has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine for various diseases. This plant is pharmacologically studied for nootropic, aphrodisiac, immunomodulatory, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antihyperglycemic, antidiarrheal, antimicrobial, antiviral, nematicidal, antiulcer, anticonvulsant, analgesic and central nervous depressant activities. A wide range of phytochemical constituents have been isolated from this plant.
Vruddhadaru Argyreia speciosa: Uses, Remedies, Research