SAFED MUSLI, Chlorophytum borivillianum

SAFED MUSLI

Latin name:                                        Chlorophytum borivillianum

English name: Safed musli

Sanskrit name: Shweta musli

Indian name: Safed musli

Medicinal parts used: Roots

Safed Musli is an herb with sub-erect lanceolate leaves and tuberous root system. It can grow up to a maximum height of 1.5 ft. Tubers can grow up to a depth of 10″. Safed Musli is a tiny annual herb that grows well in tropical and sub-tropical climates with altitudes up to 1500 meters. Safed Musli has its origin in the India Subcontinent.

There are around 256 varieties of Chlorophytum in the world which are yet known. In India, there are around 17 of them, of which, borivillianum has got a good market demand.

Safed Musli belongs to family of Liliaceae. It was originally grown in thick forest in natural form, and is a traditional medicinal plant. Mainly its tuberous roots are used in ayurvedic medicines. Roots are used for the preparation of nutritive tonic used in general sexual weakness. These roots contain spermatogenetic, spermatorrhoea and chronic leucorrhoea due to some chemical content.

Therapeutic use:

  • Root extract is an Ayurvedic aphrodisiac, nutritive tonic for lactating mother.
  • It is a rejuvenative tonic for men and women.
  • As it is very rich in glycosides, it works very well in curing impotency.
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