The scientific name of Safed musli is Chlorophytum arundinaceum. This plant belongs to the family Liliaceae.
The plant has tuberous roots and sub-erect stem with a rosette of long leaves that grows from a thick rhizome. The plant possesses yellow and white small flowers, and black seeds exist within pod. Root tubers are used for medicinal purpose. The herb is grown in rainy season and in bright sunlight, in tropical and subtropical regions. More than hundred species of this plant exist all over the world in which more than ten are found in India. All these species differ from one another and are commercially sold in India as Safed musli.
Chlorophytum arundinaceum has been used in the Indian traditional system of medicine to improve the general state of reproductive health and stress-related disorders. It is widely found in Chota Nagpur, Himalayas, and Aravalli hills, Assam, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Gujrat.
The common names of this plant include White gold, Spider plant, Walking anthericum, Spider ivy, Aeroplane plant.
India is blessed with a huge amount of medicinal plants that have been used by herbalists, tribal healers, and practitioners of Unani, Siddha and Ayurveda. In some of these important plants, Safed Musli holds a promising position. The roots of this plant are extensively used in male reproductive disorders. It is an important part of many herbal drugs and the demand of Safed musli is increasing rapidly in the domestic and international market.
Safed musli contains proteins, fibers, vitamins, steroids, carbohydrates, alkaloids and saponins. It is a valuable source of almost 25 alkaloids involving minerals, phenol, resins, polysaccharides, simple sugars, mucilage, stigmasterol and large amount of saponins such as, Chlorophytum-I and furostanol. These saponins and polysaccharides are mainly responsible for the therapeutic properties.
It has a wide application in various diseases due to its versatile medicinal properties. It works as an anti-oxidant, adaptogen, anti-arthritic, ant-diabetic, anti-stress, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, expectorant, rejuvenator, galactagogue, immuno-modulator, sex stimulant, spermatogenic tonic.
Benefits of Safed Musli
The dried tube shaped roots of Safed musli provide strength and calmness and therefore come under rejuvenative herbal medicine.
Safed Musli is present in Vitalboost Tablet of Preserva Wellness.