Argyreia speciosa

Er zijn natuurlijk eindeloos veel planten, die wereldwijd voor eindeloos veel ziekten gebruikt worden. In de volgende link vind je een degelijk Engels artikel over een Ayurvedische plant, die in Europa zelfs een beetje bekend is als hallucinogeen. Many herbal remedies have been employed in various medical systems for the treatment and management of different diseases. The plant, Argyreia speciosa Linn. f. (Syn: Argyreia nervosa) belongs to family convolvulaceae has been used in different system of traditional medication for the treatment of diseases and ailments of human beings. It is reported to contain various alkaloids, glycosides, falconoid glycoside and steroids. It has been reported as antimicrobial, antidiarrhoeal, hepatoprotective, nootropic, anticonvulsant, central nervous system, hypoglycemic, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, nematicidal, aphordiasic, immunomodulatory, analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity. Many isolated constituents from A. speciosa lack the reports of pharmacological activities, which support its further pharmacological studies.


Syn. Lettsomia nervosa, Rox

Sans. vṛddhāraka. Vern. Bijtarkā, Beng.

The root of this plant is regarded as alterative, tonic and useful in rheumatic affections, and diseases of the nervous system. As an alterative and nervine tonic it is prescribed in the following manner. The powdered root is soaked, seven times during seven days, in the juice of the tubers of Asparagus racemosus (satamuli) and dried. The resulting powder is given in doses of a quarter to half a tolā, with clarified butter, for about a month. It is said to improve the intellect, strengthen the body and prevent the effects of age.In synovitis the powdered root is given with milk.

Ajamodādi churna. Take of ajowān, bāberang, rock salt, plumbago root, Cedrus deodara, long pepper root, long pepper, black pepper and dill seeds each two tolās, chebulic myrobalan ten tolās, root of Argyreia speciosa twenty tolās, ginger twenty tolās; powder and mix. Dose, about two drachms with treacle. This preparation is said to be useful in rheumatic affections and hemiplegia.

[Quelle: Dutt, Uday Chand: The materia medica of the Hindus / Uday Chand Dutt. With a glossary of Indian plants by George King. -- 2. ed. with additions and alterations / by Binod Lall Sen & Ashutosh Sen. -- Calcutta, 1900. - XVIII, 356 S. -- S. 206.]

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