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Indian Snakeroot

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What other names is Indian Snakeroot known by?

Ajmaline, Arbre aux Serpents, Arbre de Serpents, Bois de Couleuvre, Chandrika, Chota-Chand, Covanamilpori, Dhanburua, Pagla-Ka-Dawa, Ophioxylon serpentinum, Patalagandhi, Racine de Couleuvre, Racine de Serpent, Rauwolfia, Rauwolfae Radix, Rauwolfia Serpentina, Serpiria, Rauwolfiawurzel, Rauvolfia serpentina, Sarpagandha, Sarpgandha, Serpentaire de l'Inde, Serpentine, Serpentine-Wood, Serpiria, She Gen Mu.

What is Indian Snakeroot?

Indian snakeroot is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

Indian snakeroot is used for mild high blood pressure, nervousness, trouble sleeping (insomnia), and mental disorders such as agitated psychosis and insanity. Indian snakeroot is also used for snake and reptile bites, fever, constipation, feverish intestinal diseases, liver ailments, achy joints (rheumatism), fluid retention (edema), epilepsy, and as a tonic for general debilities.

One of the chemicals in Indian snakeroot is the same as a prescription drug called reserpine. Reserpine is used to treat mild to moderate hypertension, schizophrenia, and some symptoms of poor circulation.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia). Early evidence indicates that Indian snakeroot in a specific combination with two other herbs might help insomnia.
  • Nervousness.
  • Mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
  • Constipation.
  • Fever.
  • Liver problems.
  • Joint pain.
  • Spasms in the legs due to poor circulation.
  • Mild high blood pressure.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Indian snakeroot for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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