Sarapunkha is a famous Ayurvedic herb used in liver cirrhosis and splenomegaly. Its botanical name is Tephrosia purpurea. It belongs to Fabaceae family.
Vernacular names, Sanskrit synonyms
Hindi name – Saraponkh
English name – Wild indigo or Purple tephrosia
Telugu – Vempali Chettu
Marathi – Unhali
Kannada – Egyali
Malayalam – Katamiri
Tamil – Kolingi
Sanskrit Synonyms of Sharapunkha:
Pleehashatru – useful in splenomegaly
Neelavrukshakruti – Blue colour flowered herb
Sharapunkha – Shara means arrow. Its leaf, when cut by hand, looks similar to hind part of arrow.
The herb is found in all parts of India.
Medicinal qualities, Effect on Doshas
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Rooksha (dryness), Teekshna (piercing)
Rasa (taste) – Tikta – Bitter, Kashaya – Astringent
Vipaka – taste conversion after digestion – Katu (pungent)
Veerya – Hot potency
Effect on Tridosha – balances Kapha and Vata.
Yakrut-hara – useful in liver diseases, hepatitis, cirrhosis
Pleehaghna – useful in splenomegaly
Gulma – useful in abdominal tumor / bloating
Vraapaha – brings about quick wound healing
Vishapaha – acts against poisoning
Kasaghna – relieves cough, cold
Asrajit – acts as blood detoxifier
Shwasahara – Useful in dyspnoea, Asthma, Bronchitis and Chronic respiratory disorders.
Jvarahara – useful in fever
Chakshushya – useful in eye diseases
Damshtrajit – useful in insect bites
Shastrasrajit – useful in weapon injuries.
Part used, Research
Part used: Root, Kshara (alkali powder preparation) of whole plant.
Its study on efficacy against H Pylori
Combinations of Sharpunkha
Phalatrikadi kwath along with 5 grams of Sharapunkha (Tephrosia purpurea) is used for the treatment of constipation in elderly people associated with non healing wounds.
Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets,
Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.