The plant safed musli belongs to family Liliaceae. It is a tall evergreen thorny shrub grown in western India. Its rhizomes are used for medicinal purposes in ayurveda.
Ayurvedic texts list musli under vrishyadi varga (plants which are aphrodisiac).
“Mushali madhura vrishya veeryoshna brihmani guruhu|
Tiktha rasaayanee hanthi gudajanya anilam tatha||”
The rhizomes of musli have the following Ayurvedic qualities
It is heavy to digest and contains lot of moistness. It tastes sweet and the sweetness remains till it is digested. It acts as a coolant.It increases kapha and normalizes vitiated pitta and vata.
Benefits of Safed Musli as described in Ayurveda:
• Safed Musli is very effective in diseases which arise due to vitiation of vata and pitta .
• Ayurvedic texts commend this herb as “Shukrala”, which means the herb which increases quality and quantity of semen or shukra dhatu.
• It is recommended for men who suffer from low sperm count and low sperm motility.
• This plant is widely used in preparations to rectify impotence and erectile dysfunction.
• As it has cooling properties, it is widely used in urinary tract infections .
• The preparations of musli strengthen the body and increase body weight.
Botanical Description of -Safed Musli or Shweta musli (Asperagus Adscendens)
BOTONICAL NAME : Asparagus adscendens
STRUCTURE: thorny shrub.
Stem: strong, long, round with white shade. Contains 1/2 ” – 1″ long thorn.
Leaves hair like rounded leaves
Roots : white tuberous
HABITAT: western India, himalaya
PHARMACOLOGY: Nutritive, tonic, galactogogue and demulscent.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION : Contains Spirostanol glycosides (asparanin A and asparanin B) and two furostanol glycosides (asparoside A and B)
Ayurvedic Description of Safed Musli or Shweta musli (Asperagus Adscendens)
SANSKRIT NAME : Mushali
LOCAL NAMES(in India) :safed musli (Hindi), Safed musli (Marathi), Dholi musli(Gujarati), Tannir Vittang(Tamil), Sallogadda (Telugu),
Guna :- Guru, snigdha
Rasa :- madhura,
KARMA (Action) :
Increases Kapha and balances vitiated vata
Shukrala – Increases Quality and quantity of semen. It helps to increase sperm count and motility.
Mutrala – Acts as a diuretic
Strengthens the body, increases body bulk and helps in rejuvenation.
This herb is widely used in conditions where vata and pitta doshas are involved. The preparations of shweta musli is used in erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, low sperm motility and premature ejaculation. Preparations of this herb are used in cystitis, general weakness. As it is devoid of starch it can be used in diabetic patients to increase quality and quantity of semen. This herb is used as a main ingredient in Vajikarana therapy preparations
Article by Dr.Savitha Suri Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Safed Musli
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