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.