Indian Medicinal Plants

2007 Edition
| Editors: C.P. Khare

Marsdenia tenacissima Wight & Arn.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-70638-2_980
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Family

Asclepiadaceae.

Habitat

Himalayas from Kumaon to Assam, up to 1,500 m, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Deccan Peninsula.

English

White Turpeth.

Ayurvedic

Muurvaa, Atirasaa, Madhurasaa, Gokarni, Morataa, Madhulikaa, Suvaa, Devi, Tejani, Tiktavalli.

Siddha/Tamil

Perunkurinjan.

Folk

Maruaa-bel.

Action

Root—purgative, antispasmodic, mild CNS depressant; used in colic.

Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends the bark in lipid disorders, also in polyuria and haemorrhagic diseases.

Roots and seeds are rich in pregnane glycosides of 2-deoxysugars, which on hydrolysis gave genins and sugars. Stem yielded tenacissosides A to E.

In folk medicine, the root is known as White Turpeth (Safed Nishoth). Operculina turpethum(Linn.) Silva Manso synonym Ipomoea turpethum R. Br. is the source of Turpeth (Nishoth) in Indian medicine.

Dosage

Root—2–6 g powder, 10–20 g for decoction. (API, Vol.II.)

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New Delhi-110 058India