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‘Shalparni’ is a perennial, sub-tropical plant which is considered an important herb in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is a coarse, branched undershrub that largely grows in dry mountainous regions. In India, the plant is generally found in the forests and wastelands, particularly in the lower Himalayan regions and Gangetic plains.

The Botanical name of Shalparni is Desmodium gangeticum. Its common name is Sal Leaved Desmodium or Shal Leafed Bush. The plant belongs to the Fabaceae family.

‘Shalparni’ is the Sanskrit name of the plant. It is called Salpani, Dhruva, Pivari, and Dirghamuli in Hindi; Pullati in Tamil; Chalani and Salpani in Bengali; Gitanaramu in Telugu; Salapani in Oriya; Murelehonne in Kannada; Orila in Malayalam; Porongkhok in Manipuri; and Salvan, Dai, and Ranganjya in Marathi.

The medicinally useful parts of Shalparni plant are its root, leaves, and bark. The main bioactive constituents of Shalparni include flavonoid, glycosides, lipids, glycolipids, lactones, pterocarpanoids, and alkaloids.

The Shalparni herb is known for its numerous medicinal properties. The most significant properties of the herb include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, digestive, aphrodisiac, carminative, antipyretic, febrifuge, haemorrhagic, sedative, diuretic, expectorant, bronchodilator, anti-fungal, anti-diarrhoeal, anti-dysenteric, and rejuvenative properties.


S. No. Herb Used Latin Name Part Used QTY
1. Shalparni Desmodium gangeticum Whole Plant 100 gm


ancient reference, shloka, shalparni

According to the Shloka, Srivan or Shalparni herb is known by several names in Sanskrit, such as Sthira, Saumya, Tripani, Guha, Vidarigandha, Deergaangi, Deergharpatra, and Anshumati.

The Shloka also underlines the ‘heavy’ Guna (nature) of Shalparni, and its benefits in Jwar, Shwas, Atisara, or Doshatrayahara, and Rasayan. As per the Shloka, Shalparni has ‘Tikta’ taste, and ‘Madhur’ post-digestion taste. The herb has proven Kriminashak, Vishnashak, Kshaya or Kas nashak properties.


Shalparni is a beneficial herb which is widely used in the preparation of a number of Ayurvedic products — particularly ‘Rasayan’ formulations — because of its distinct anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is one of the ‘Dashmoola’ herbs in Ayurveda, and is also one of the vital components of Chyavanprash and Dasmoolarishta.

Ayurvedic texts have listed the following properties of Shalparni:

  • The Rasa (Taste) of Shalparni herb is Madhura and Tikta (Sweet, Bitter)
  • Its Guna (Physical property) is Guru and Snigdha (Oily, Heavy)
  • The Virya (Potency) of Shalparni is Ushna (Hot)
  • Its Vipaka (Post-digestion metabolic property) is Madhura (Sweet)
  • Effect of Shalparni on Doshas:Ability tobalance all the three doshasVata, Pitta, and Kapha.

According to Ayurvedic texts, the use of Shalparni is specifically beneficial in certain conditions for which it is indicated singly. These conditions include Raktapitta (Hemorrhagic disorder), Ardhavbhedak (Hemicrania), Hrudshoola (Cardiac pain), and Vatarakta (Gouty arthritis).


Planet Ayurveda’s Shalparni Churna is prepared from 100% pure and natural Shalparni herb. The churna has several health benefits which have been listed below.

1. Managing Fever

The time-tested antipyretic property of Shalparni makes it an excellent herbal medicine for fevers, including Malaria, Typhoid and Pneumonia. The use of Shalparni Churna is beneficial in managing fever in a safe and natural manner.

2. Managing Respiratory Problems

Shalparni herb is known for its anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator properties because of which it can treat respiratory problems like Bronchitis (Kasroga) and Asthma. People suffering from respiratory problems can benefit from the use of Shalparni Churna because of its ability to reduce inflammation, relax the respiratory passages, and ease breathing.

3. Treating Piles

Due to its Shothhar (anti-inflammatory) and astringent properties, Shalparni is believed to be an effective treatment for Piles. It can reduce inflammation at the anal site. Patients suffering from Piles can use Shalparni Churna to manage the condition naturally, and benefit from Shalparni’s ability to balance the Pitta dosha.

4. Improving Digestion

The Ushna (hot) and Kapha-balancing properties of Shalparni are helpful in improving the digestive process, thereby managing several digestive disorders like bloating and gastritis. The use of Shalparni Churna can reduce the formation of Ama (buildup of toxins because of poor digestion), and support the elimination of wastes from the body.

5. Relieving Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The ability of the Shalparni herb to reduce Ama can be very beneficial for people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis which is called Aamavata in Ayurveda. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease associated with the accumulation of Ama, and the vitiation of Vata dosha. The ‘hot’ potency of Shalparni and its Vata-balancing capabilities can relieve common Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms like pain and swelling in joints.

6. Managing Male Sexual Health problems

The Shalparni herb has the ability to improve male sexual health because of its Vrishya (aphrodisiac) property. Men suffering from sexual health disorders can use Shalparni for managing problems such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

7. Managing Stress-induced Headaches

Headaches induced by stress can also be managed effectively with the help of Shalparni herb due to its Vata-balancing property. The use of Shalparni is beneficial in relieving headaches because it can alleviate stress and relax the tense muscles.

8. Healing Wounds and Preventing Infections

The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties of Shalparni are beneficial for the treatment of wounds and infections. Shalparni can facilitate the wound-healing process, reduce inflammation, and provide relief to people suffering from different types of infections.

In addition to the above-mentioned health benefits, the use of Shalparni is also beneficial in managing several other conditions, including dysentery, diarrhea, toothache, hair fall, skin eruptions, ulcers, edema, and gall bladder stones. The herb can also treat urinary tract infections, cure kidney disorders, manage neurological balances, and regulate the nervous system, the arterial system, and the venous system.


Shalparni Churna is a beneficial herbal product offered by Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company. The churna is a 100% pure and natural product, which does not contain any chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, starch, yeast, binders, fillers, or additives.

  • Product Type: Herbal powder
  • Product Quantity (in gms): 100 gms.


1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water half an hour after your meals or as directed by the physician.


The use of Shalparni Churna does not have any known or serious side-effects, though it may sometimes cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction. Hence, it is important take the following precautions while using the product:

  • Women should avoid the use of Shalparni Churna during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Shalparni Churna should not be given to children.
  • Excessive consumption of Shalparni Churna should be avoided.
  • Shalparni Churna should be used in consultation with an expert Ayurveda practitioner.


Q1. Can Shalparni be used for managing nausea and vomiting?
Ans: Yes, Shalparni can treat nausea and vomiting because it can improve the digestive fire, boost the digestive system, and facilitate the digestion of food after consumption.

Q2. Can Shalparni relieve pain?
Ans: Yes, Shalparni is an excellent pain-reliever because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions.

Q3. Can Shalparni provide protection to the heart?
Ans: Yes, Shalparni can help protect the heart and prevent cardiovascular disorders because of its antioxidant property. It offers protection against tissue damage and increases the flow of blood to the heart.

Q4. Is Shalparni useful for Dementia patients?
Ans: Yes, Shalparni is useful for patients suffering from Dementia and other mental/neurological disorders. It can boost the process of transmitting signals to the brain because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions of its bioactive constituents.

Q5. Can Shalparni benefit people suffering from peptic ulcers?
Ans: Yes, Shalparni is a potent herb with proven anti-ulcer capabilities. It can manage peptic ulcers by inhibiting gastric acid secretion in the stomach.

Q6. Can Shalparni benefit Diabetic patients?
Ans: Yes, Shalparni has a beneficial effect in managing Diabetes because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The use of the herb can regulate blood sugar levels, protect pancreatic cells, and boost the secretion of insulin.

Q7. Is Shalparni useful in managing spinal problems like lumbago?
Ans: Yes, the use of Shalparni can benefit people suffering from painful spinal conditions like lumbago. The Vata-balancing ability of the herb can ensure that the lower part of the spine affected in lumbago receives adequate warmth for relieving pain.

Q8. Can Shalparni manage venomous snake bites and stings?
Ans: Yes, Shalparni has the ability to offset the effect of snake poison. It is useful in venomous snake bites and stings because its Vishaghna (anti-venom) property can eliminate the effects of poison and support recovery.

Q9. Can Shalparni manage hair and scalp diseases?
Ans: Yes, the use of Shalparni is beneficial for managing hair and scalp problems — like dandruff and hair fall — due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Q10. Can Shalparni protect against skin disorders?
Ans: Yes, the astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant actions of Shalparni give it the ability to manage skin disorders and skin infections which generally occur due to Pitta imbalance.