Scientific Name: Hemidesmus Indicus.
Common Name or English Name: Sarasaparilla and Anantmool.
Sarsaparilla actually is a vine (climbing or trailing woody-stemmed plant whose food is the grape).
Its roots have many threaupautic values that are useful to treat many ailments.
In Tamil (Indian langage), it is known by the name of Nannaari.
Roots of Sarasaparilla are very rich in content of iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Commercial Use: Seeds of Sarasaparilla are used for marketable purposes. Its roots are basically odorless and its seeds are crushed to get its powdered form and also Sarasaparilla Oil which is quit useful when applied on skin. Apart from treating skin disorders, it also nourishes skin.
Environment: Roots of Hemidesmus Indicus grows up to 3 m long and are reddish brown in color. It is grown as a commercial product in Mexico, America and southern and central part of India. Sarasaparilla is also grown in and around Caribbean islands because of region’s climate. This herbal plant can be found growing at a height of 4000-7000 feet.
Utilization: Sarasaparilla is considered as a tonic taken in many cases. It is also used as a blood purifier. It is heavily used in dietary disorders and different urinary and liver diseases.
It is also one of the most common ingredients used in various skin ointments used for the treatment of pimples, acne and eczema infections.
It is used as a flavoring agent in many drinks and is an important component of many homeopathic medicines.
It is also a very popular herbal drink brought in use by many western countries and is gaining popularity within India also.
It is used in treating people suffering from high fever (typhoid). Anantmool or Sarasaparilla can be found in many forms such as powder, tablets, Sarasaparilla tea is very popular as an herbal tea and relieves people of their gastric problems.