Leptadenia Reticulata is known as Jivanti, Madhusrava or Jivani in Sanskrit and Jivanti or Jiwanti in English. It belongs to the family of Asclpiadaceae.
The Jiwanti name means that the plant is considered to have the capacity of bestowing good health as well as vigor in a person. This plant is considered to be a rasayan that is added in a number of revitalizing medicinal drugs.
CHARACTERISTICS OF LEPTADENIA RETICULATA
The plant grows in the sub-Himalayan parts of the Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. It is also found across the Deccan Peninsular region up to the height of 900 meters above sea level. The plant is also found in other countries like Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Burma and Madagascar. This medicinal herb is a much branched shrub that tends to intertwine.
The bark of the plant is yellowish brown in color and is corky with deep cracks. The leaves of the Leptadenia Reticulata are ovate cordate and have a coriaceous glabrous above them. They are finely pubescent beneath. The flowers of the plant are greenish yellow in color and have follicles on them that are sub woody and turgid. The cork like bark of the shrub makes the plant stand out.
NUTRIENT COMPOSITION OF THE HERB
The leaves and twigs are rich in stigmasterol, a-amyrin, tocopherols, hentriacontanol, leptadeno and sitostero. The plant is also rich in Flavonoids like diosmetin, luteolin, rutin and hyperoside.
THERAPEUTIC POWERS OF THE HERB
The Leptadenia Reticulata is known to be an effective stimulant and a benefiting restorative. It also has high anti bacterial properties that help in combating gram positive and gram negative bacteria as well as any infection caused by them.
The stimulating plant is used majorly to relieve problems of the skin like ringworm infection, wounds, ear problems, nasal disorder, asthma, cough, as well as, in relieving the habitual abortion in women.
The Ayurvedic Properties of The Plant are:
- Rasa: Madhur (sweet)
- Vipaka: Madhur (sweet)
- Guna: Laghu (light), snigdha (unctuous)
- Veerya: Shita (cold)
- Dosha: Balances tridosha
The leaf, root as well as the whole plant are used in medicinal preparations. The bark of the plant is also used to stimulate heat levels in the body.
CARE FOR AILMENTS
The plant act as a relieve for health issues like:
- Antibacterial activity: The ethanolic extracts of the plant make the plant rich in anti bacterial properties. It also works against various known pathogens like Streptococcus Pyogenes and Escherichia coli.
- Anti fungal activity: The plants alcoholic extracts are also active in protecting a person from fungal infections.
- Hypotensive activities: The potent and prolonged hypotensive action of the plant is also an identified reason for its inclusion in medicinal decoctions.
- Spasmogenic Activity: The alcoholic extract of the Leptadenia Reticulata also makes it helpful in relieving problems of the uterus contractions.
- Lactogenic properties: The Leptadenia Reticulata can help in increasing lactation in newly nursing mothers.
SAFETY AND USAGE TIPS FOR THIS HERB
The plant has almost 50 percent alcoholic content. The proportion of the alcohol content in the toot is lower. It is advised to consult a practitioner before deciding to consume it.
Dosage: The Prescribed Dosage of The Herb is:
- Root powder: minimum 1 to a maximum of 3 gms.
- Decoction: 30 to 60 ml only.
PLANET AYURVEDA PRODUCTS THAT USE THIS HERB
As of now there are no Planet Ayurveda products which use Leptadenia Reticulata. Other products which are produced by experienced herbalists of Planet Ayurveda with similar properties are: