In Ayurveda Medicine system Sariva has great importance, it is used for various problem among them in cases of oligospermia, gastritis, anorexia and menorrhagia Sirava is best to cure. Sariva is known as Indian Sarsaparilla. Not to confuse with Sarsaparilla, it is different from it. Its botanical name is Hemidesmus indicus.
Types – There are two types of Sariva.
1) Shveta Sariva – white variety – Hemidesmus indicusand
2) Krishna Sariva – Cryptolepis buchanana
Useful part of Sariva – Roots.
Rasa (taste) – Madhura (sweet), Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities) – Guru (heavy), Snigdha (oily, unctuous)
Veerya – Sheeta – coolant.
Effect on Tridosha – Tridosahara
The roots have good fragrance, we have to use as phanta not kwatha. Because if we boil it for kwatha its fragrance will be reduced. Only white sariva has fragrance whereas the black sariva has no fragnance.
Uses of Hemidesmus indicus – Sariva is the most useful herb in raktha dhatu and pitta dosha. It helps in purification of blood and balances pitta dosha.
Use full in urinary disorders.
Useful in skin diseases.
Useful in itching, pruritis.
Useful in fever.
Useful in diabetes, urinary tract disorders.
Improves sperm quality and quantity.
Useful in diarrhoea, dysentery.
Useful in low digestion strength– useful in respiratory conditions, cough, cold, asthma.
Useful in menorrhagia.
During pregnancy also you can take with milk with previous consultation of doctor.
It is safe to use during lactation and in children.
There are no known side effects with Sariva.