Medicinal use:

The plant has a large number of traditional medicinal uses, including treatment for rheumatism, asthma. Protect liver cells from damage in acetaminophen overdose.

About the plant:

Ichnocarpus frutescens is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family known by the English common name black creeper. Black Creeper is an evergreen woody twiner, with branches smooth or rust, velvety when young, with milky sap.

How to use:

The roots are employed as a substitute for Sarsaparilla; it is cooling, demulcent, alterative, tonic, diaphoretic and diuretic; used in fever, dyspepsia, skin troubles, diabetes and stone in the bladder. A decoction of the stems and leaves is used in fevers. Leaves are applied to headaches, wounds, and sore between fingers. Marma use root in dental caries and stems and leaves for scabies


Consult an Ayurvedic Doctor before consuming the herb.


Vernacular names:

Common name: Black Creeper
Hindi: Kalidudhi, Shyamalata
Marathi: Dudhbel, Krishna-sarwa, Kante-bhouri
Tamil: paravalli, udargodi, udarkkoti
Malayalam: nannari, naruninti, palvalli
Telugu: illukkatti, karampala, muntagajjanamu
Kannada: gorwiballi, gouriballi, kappunamadaberu
Oriya: bhotinoi
Assamese: dudhkuri lota


Consult an Ayurvedic doctor before consuming orally.