Anantmul (Hemidesmus indicus)

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Anantmul (Hemidesmus indicus)
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Certified Organic Anantmul (Hemidesmus indicus)

AYURVEDIC NAME: Anantmul
BOTANICALLY: Hemidesmus indicus
KNOWN AS: Indian sarasaparilla
OTHER NAMES: Indian sarasaparilla (English), Anantamul (Hindi), Namadaballi (Kannada), Nannan (Malayalam), Nannari (Tamil), Sugandipala (Telugu)

CONCISE DESCRIPTION OF THE TREE: A perennial, slender, wiry shrub with a woody root-stock, and many slender stems with thick nodes. Leaves – simple, opposite, variable (elliptic and linear), white above and silvery white beneath. Flowers – greenish, purple in opposite leaf axils. Fruits – slender, cylindrical, 10 cm long, and tapering at the apex. Seeds – black, flat, ovate-oblong. Root – dark-brown, coma silvery white, cracked transversely and fissured longitudinally. Strong, pleasant smell and taste.

Geographically where it grows: Grows throughout India
Useful part: Roots, leaves, stems
Harvesting time: Harvested in autumn and dried for later use

ORGANOLEPTIC IDENTIFICATION:
TASTE: Sweet, Bitter
QUALITY: Heavy, oily, unctuous
POTENCY: Cold
POST DIGESTIVE EFFECT: Sweet

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