Trichopus Zeylanicus

Other Name(s):

Arogya Pacha, Arogyapacha, Ginseng of Kani Tribes, T. zeylanicus.


Trichopus zeylanicus is a rare plant that is native to India. The leaves and fruit are used for medicine.

People take Trichopus zeylanicus for improving stamina, boosting the immune system, and losing weight. They also take it to treat liver disease, stomach ulcers, fatigue, and sexual performance problems. Trichopus zeylanicus is also used to increase sex drive.

How does it work?

There isn't enough reliable information to know how Trichopus zeylanicus might work as medicine. Research in animals suggests that Trichopus zeylanicus might stimulate the immune system, reduce swelling (inflammation), and increase sex drive. However, no research has been conducted in people, so no one knows if Trichopus zeylanicus has the same effects in people.

Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Liver disease.
  • Stomach ulcers.
  • Obesity.
  • Fatigue.
  • Sexual performance problems.
  • Improving stamina.
  • Boosting the immune system.
  • Increasing sex drive.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Trichopus zeylanicus 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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Side Effects

There isn't enough reliable information to know if Trichopus zeylanicus is safe for use or what side effects might occur.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Trichopus zeylanicus during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

“Auto-immune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Trichopus zeylanicus might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it's best to avoid using Trichopus zeylanicus.


Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Trichopus zeylanicus might increase the immune system. Taking Trichopus zeylanicus along with medications that decrease the immune system might decrease the effectiveness of medications that decrease the immune system.

Some medications that decrease the immune system include azathioprine (Imuran), basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), daclizumab (Zenapax), muromonab-CD3 (OKT3, Orthoclone OKT3), mycophenolate (CellCept), tacrolimus (FK506, Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune), prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone), corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), and others.


The appropriate dose of Trichopus zeylanicus depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Trichopus zeylanicus. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


Evans DA, Subramoniam A, Rajasekharan S, Pushpangadan P. Effect of Trichopus zeylanicus extract on the energy metabolism in mice during exercise and at rest. Ind J Pharmacol 2002;34:32-7..

Singh B, Chandan BK, Sharma N, et al. Adaptogenic activity of glyco-peptido-lipid fraction from the alcoholic extract of Trichopus zeylanicus Gaerten (part II). Phytomedicine 2005;12:468-81. View abstract.

Subramoniam A, Evans DA, Valsaraj R, et al. Inhibition of antigen-induced degranulation of sensitized mast cells by Trichopus zeylanicus in mice and rats. J Ethnopharmacol 1999;68:137-43. View abstract.

Subramoniam A, Madhavachandran V, Rajasekharan S, Pushpangadan P. Aphrodisiac property of Trichopus zeylanicus extract in male mice. J Ethnopharmacol 1997;57:21-7. View abstract.

Tharakan B, Dhanasekaran M, Brown-Borg HM, Manyam BV. Trichopus zeylanicus combats fatigue without amphetamine-mimetic activity. Phytother Res 2006;20:165-8. View abstract.

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