Ayurveda and Science

Vridhadaru/वृद्धदारु/Elephant Creeper/Argyreia Speciosa


Hindi Name: Vridhadaru
Sanskrit Name: Vridhadaru
English Name: Elephant Creeper
Latin Name: Argyreia speciosa Sweet
An extensive climber with large ovate-cordate leaves found growing wild in north-eastern Himalaya and in south India. Bark and root of the plant are used medicinally.

Argyreia Speciosa Medicinal Uses

Roots of Elephant Creeper has been extensively used to control inflammation of varied nature in Ayurveda. Experimental studies justify such usage by establishing its potent anti inflammatory activity.

Chemical Composition

The plant contains tannins and resin. The seeds are reported to contain alkaloids, chanoclavine, ergine, ergonovine and isoergine.

Effect on

Alleviates vitiation of vata and kapha.
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