Medicinal use:

This herb promotes the flow of urine, relieves gonnorrhoea,  strangury or painful urination and chronic ulcers. Root powder is alterative and nervine tonic and gives relief in diseases of nervous system, joint pain, and rheumatism.

The herb is reported to cure sexual disorders in men. A study conducted at the Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Kerala, India, showed that ‘the plant has promising potential to be developed into an effective medicine for stimulating male sexual activity’. The intake of this powder improve the intellect, gives strength and have an anti-aging effect.

About the plant:

It is called elephant creeper because of the large leaves which look like elephant ears. Leaf blades are 15-25 cm long, and 13-20 cm wide, heart-shaped. Flower-stalks are up to 15 cm long. Flowering: July-December, March-April.

Parts used:

Leaves, root, seeds.

How to use:

Soak root powder of this herb for seven times during seven days in the juice of the tubers of Asparagus racemosus (Satamuli), dry it and make it into powder. This powder is consumed with ghee for a month.


The seeds should not be eaten as they contain alkaloids. Consult an Ayurvedic Doctor before consuming the herb.

Vernacular name:

English : Elephant creeper
Hindi: Ghav bel
Marathi: Gugguli,samudrasoka
Tamil: Katar-palai,samuttira-p-palai
Telugu: Chandra poda
Kannada: Samudra haale,samudravalli
Bengali: Bichtarak