Medicinal use:

Rauvolfia Serpentina is a medicinal plant, was used to treat over a million Indians in the 1940s for high blood pressure. It is the main herb for hypertension, stress, certain forms of insanity, insomnia and cardiac oedema diseases.

About the plant:

Rauwolfia serpentina (Sarpagandha) also know as Black snakeroot or Indian snakeroot, an evergreen plant merely 15 to 45 cm high, has been in use since many years in Indian medicine.


In mild to moderate hypertension, Rauwolfia Serpentina Root Powder can be used once or twice daily. For dosage, please consult your doctor.

How to grow:

Rauvolfia Serpentina grows easily in well-drained soil under full sun (ideal temperature is around 25-30 degree centigrade.

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Parts used:

Roots and Leaves


The plant has dangerous side effects and increases cancer cells. So, it must be taken under strict medical supervision. It is also good to avoid the use of Sarpagandha. This herb is not advisable for pregnant ladies.

Vernacular names:

Common name: Rauvolfia Root, Serpentine or Serpentina Root
Hindi: Chhotaa Chaand, Dhavalbaruaa, Nai, Nakulikanda
Bengali: Chaandar, Chhoto Chadar
Gujrati: Amelpodee
Kannada: Sutranaabhu, Sutranbhi
Malayalam: Amalpori
Marathi: Adkai, Chandra
Oriya: Dhanbarua, Sanochado
Tamil: Sarppaganti, Chivan amelpodi
Telugu: Sarpagandhi, Patalagandhi