Helicteres isora – Avartani – Uses, Dose, Research, Side Effects

Helicteres isora – East Indian Screw tree is an Ayurvedic herb used in treating diarrhoea, dysentery, abdominal colic pain, intestinal parasites etc. Its root,stem bark, fruits are used for medicinal purposes.

Helicteres isora

There is a famous quote in Ayurveda – Yatra Akrutihi Tatra Gunaaha Vasanti.
Meaning, if the part of a plant resembles some organ, it is useful in treating disorders of that particular organ. Avartani means rotating. The fruits of Helicteres isora are twisted. The fruits give an imagination about intestines. Hence they are useful in treating intestinal parasites. The fruits are twisted, hence they are useful in twitching pain of abdomen.

Botanical name- Helicteres isora Linn
Family- Sterculiaceae

Vernacular names

Names in different languages:
Hindi name- Marod phali, Marodphali, Marophali
English name-Indian screw tree
Tamil name- Valipiri
Telugu name- Nunidala Guba tasa, Guvardara
Gujarati name – Maradasing
Urdu name – Murmuriya
Malayalam name- Isvaramuri
Bengali name – Antmora
Kannada name – Peda muri

Sanskrit Synonyms

Avartani, Avarta Phala

Indian screw tree
Indian screw tree

Chemical composition

Helicteres isora chemical composition
Diosgenin, Cucurbitacin B, isocucubitacin B, Isorin etc
(Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna Vijnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)

Medicinal properties

Helicteres isora medicinal properties:
Guna (qualities) – Laghu, Ruksa
Rasa (taste) – Kashaya – astringent
Vipaka- Katu – Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Sheeta – Coolant
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Kapha and Pitta

Part used, dosage

Parts used- Root,Stem bark, Fruit
Fruit powder 3-6 g
Kashaya – decoction 50-100 ml in divided doses per day.       


Indicated in –
Atisara – diarrhoea, dysentery
Shoola – abdominal colic pain
Krumi – worm infestation and bleeding disorders.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can 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.

With western medicines
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.


Antidiabetic and hypolipidemic activity of Helicteres isora in animal models.

Antioxidant and antidiabetic activity

Ayurvedic medicines

Proprietary Ayurvedic medicines with Marodphali as ingredient:
Dysentrol tablet  – manufactured by Shree Dhanwantari Herbal Pharmaceuticals. It is an anti-diarrhoeal drug.

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