Common Name: Safed Musli, Swetha Musli
English Name: Land-Calotrops
Botanical Name: Chorophytum borivilianum
Description: Safed musli is found in tropical moist and dry deciduous forests. It is widely distributed in India mainly in Southern Rajasthan, Western Madhya Pradesh, North Gujarat and few parts of Karnataka. But, continuous exploration has decreased its frequency, distribution and the quality. The ‘Safed Musli’ complex is generally supposed to consist of Chlorophytum borivilianum, C. arundinaceum, C. tuberosum and Asparagus adscendens. Among all these varieties C. borivilianum is cultivated on large,scale in many parts of the county because it produces the highest yield and highest saponin content and used as Safed Musli.
Chemical Constituents: This plant contains saponins (17–20%), although saponin contents as low as 13.58% have been noted. The overall polyphenolic content of Chlorophytum Borivilianum appears to be quite low at 0.25% with flavonols at 0.07%. It also contains Chlorophytoside I, a saponin Borivilianosides of the F, G, and H series; saponins Neotigogenin, Neohecogenin, and Tokorogenin. Immunostimulatory polysaccharides have also been reported.
Properties: Safed musli is a very popular aphrodisiac agent, with no side effects. It is often prescribed for enhancing male potency and overcoming signs of fatigue. It is particularly used for individuals with low sperm count and low libido.The tuber roots of the plant have been used since ancient times, to prepare nutritive tonic for sexual weakness and is used in Ayurvedic medicines even today.
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