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"The Wonders of Sarpagandha: Understanding the Benefits and Uses of this Herbal Medicine"

Vibrant Sarpagandha flowers with traditional Ayurvedic herbs and pottery, symbolizing natural medicinal practices”
" Vibrant Sarpagandha flowers with traditional Ayurvedic herbs and pottery, symbolizing natural medicinal practices”

 In the modern world, stress and hypertension are prevalent health issues that affect millions globally. These conditions not only impair daily functioning but also pose significant risks for serious health complications like heart disease and stroke.

Sarpagandha, known scientifically as Rauwolfia serpentina, offers a natural and effective solution to these problems. This ancient Ayurvedic herb has been used for centuries to treat various ailments, particularly stress and hypertension. 

The key to its efficacy lies in the alkaloid reserpine, which helps regulate heart rate and soothe the nervous system.

Botanical description

Scientific Name: Rauwolfia serpentina

Family Name: Apocynaceae

Common Names:

English: Sepentina root, Indian snakeroot, Rauvolfia root, serpentine root

Hindi: Chandrabhaga, Chota chand, Dhaval barua

Malayalam: Amalpori


It is indigenous to India and is found almost all over the country in the plains, except in arid regions, and can climb up to an elevation of 4200 meters in the hills. It is also found in the Andaman Islands, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan.

The roots of the mature plant are the parts used in traditional medicine, and they are collected with the bark intact from plants that are 3-4 years old.  

How Sarpagandha works

Stress Relief: Sarpagandha is known for its tranquilizing properties, which make it an excellent remedy for stress and anxiety. It works by slowing down the activity of the nervous system, providing a calming effect.

Hypertension Management: The alkaloid Reserpine lowers blood pressure by reducing the levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. This helps dilate the arteries and improve blood flow, thereby managing hypertension effectively.

Insomnia Treatment: By inducing tranquility, it aids in combatting insomnia and improves sleep quality.

Overall health Management: Sarpagandha also addresses other health anomalies like asthma, diabetes and epilepsy showcasing its versatility as a medicinal herb.

Common Ayurvedic formulations

Sarpagandha Ghana vati

Cardocalm tablet

Cardostab tablet

Bipasil tablet


Tablet: 1 tablet twice a day or as directed by physician

Powder :1-2gm with lukewarm water or milk or as directed by physician

Side effects

Sarpagandha stands out as a holistic remedy that aligns with the body’s natural processes.

But this can become toxic to the body when consumed in higher doses than recommended leading to various health issues like BRADYCARDIA( a slower heart rate), HYPOTENSION ( a low blood pressure) , Nasal Congestion, Dryness of mouth, Nausea, Loss of appetite, Vomiting , Abdominal pain, Drowsiness, Convulsions, Chest pain , difficulty in breathing.

and even DEPRESSION in some individuals on long term use.

Embrace the power of Sarpagandha and take a step towards a healthier, more balanced life making it an invaluable addition to anyone’s wellness toolkit.

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