JIVANTI, Leptadenia reticulate


Latin name: Leptadenia reticulate

Sanskrit name: Jivanti

Indian name: Dori

Medicinal parts used: Leaf, root, whole plant

Leptadenia reticulate is a twining shrub, with numerous branches, the stems of which have a cork-like, deeply cracked bark, glabrous in the younger ones. Leaves are coriaceous, ovate, acute, glabrous above, and finely pubescent below. Flowers are greenish-yellow, in lateral or subaxillary cymes, often with small hairs. Fruit follicles may be woody. The external surface of the root is rough, white or buff coloured with longitudinal ridges and furrows, and in transverse section, the wide cork, lignified stone cell layers and medullary rays can be seen.’ In commerce, the root samples vary from 3 to 10 cm in length and 1.5 to 5 cm in diameter.

It is found in the sub-Himalayan tracts of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and throughout the Deccan peninsula up to an altitude of 900 m and found particularly in hedges. It is also distributed throughout Mauritius, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, the Himalayas and Burma.

Therapeutic use:

  • According to Ayurveda, jivanti is jeevana tonic that boost energy level of the body. It is mainly advisable to those who suffer from weak debility or a lack of energy.
  • It is cooling, mucilaginous, demulcent herb with light strengthening and tonic properties traditionally used in the treatment of seminal discharges and snake bite.
  • It can be used in treating various body ailments like raktapitta or bleeding disorders, burning sensation of the body, fever, cough (with phlegm), dehydration, tuberculosis, weak eyesight, and colitis.
  • Extracts of roots and leaves of the plant act as antibacterial and anti-fungal agent.
  • The leaves and roots are used in skin affections such as ringworm, wounds, nose and ear disorders, asthma and cough and in the treatment of habitual abortion in women.


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