Medicinal plant Anantmool uses and images (Hemidesmus indicus)

Medicinal plant Anantmool uses and images (Hemidesmus indicus)

Medicinal plant Anantmool uses and images (Hemidesmus indicus)

Anantmool is a climber found throughout India. Leaves of the plant are arranged alternatively in a pair and are of 2.5 inches long. The upper part is soft, and it is oval in shape. The nodes are thick, and stems are cylindrical. Roots are woody and aromatic. The flowers are yellow, greenish purple, found in the cluster, and the fruits are divergent long follicle of 2 to 4 inches. The plant ‘Anantmool’ means ‘eternal root’ because the root of the plant grows deep underground. The plant is used as a household remedies for various diseases.

Anantmool plant

Common name

Anantmool

Botanical name and family

Family – Asclepiadaceae

Botanical name – Hemidesmus indicus

Hemidesmus Indicus Roots

Hemidesmus Indicus Roots

Geological distribution of Anantmool

In India, the plant grows mostly in Bengal, Assam and South India. It is found in upper Gangetic plains eastward to Assam, Central and Western India. The plant is famous in the entire South Asia.

Medicinal use of Anantmool

The alkaloid content present in it is Tylophorine and is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and anti-anaphylactic in nature. The other compounds present in it are coumarin, essential oil, starch, tannic acid and triterpenoid saponins. The roots and leaves of the plant possess medicinal properties. Some of the medicinal properties of Anantmool are described below:

Anantmool flowers

Anantmool flowers

Since time immemorial, the plant has been used for its numerous medicinal values and proved eternal in various ways. The toxicity of the plant is not proved yet. But before the use of Anantmool, a health specialist must be consulted.