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Rauwolfia, Rauwolfia serpentina
Parts used: Root (samples from Assam has higher % of alkaloid (2.57 %) than the other parts of India and December is the best month for the collection).
Constituents: Alkaloids; reserpine 1.7 to 3.0 %, resin, starch and potassium carbonate, phosphate, silicate and traces of iron and manganese.
Actions: Bitter tonic, Febrifuge, Sedative, Anthelmintic.
Indications:
High blood pressure, dysentery, hypochondria.
Fevers.
Insanity, insomnia, painful bowel disorders, depletes serotonin.
Over time, it can cause serious depression.
Insect stings, snake bites and scorpion stings.
During delivery, it is used to stimulate uterine contractions and promote the expulsion of the foetus.
Herbal extract: 5-10mL per week or 1 gram of powdered root.
Energetics: Cooling, Bitter.
Contraindications: Lethal in large doses. Not allowed in the U.S. Prolonged use over 10 years can cause sterility.
Rauwolfia herb contains alkaloids, which work by controlling nerve impulses along certain nerve pathways. As a result, they act on the heart and blood vessels to lower blood pressure.