Ayurvedic Herb used for Millennia that’s backed by Today’s Scientific Research
The generic name Rauwolfia is named after the 16th century German physician, Leonhart Rauvolf, who traveled the world collecting and documenting medicinal plants. The word “vomitoria” refers to the purgative and emetic properties of the bark. Known as “Sarpagandha,” Rauwolfia has been known for millennia in India as one of the very important Ayurvedic herbs. Traditionally, paste of its roots, mixed with rose water, have been used as a form of ayurvedic medicine to help alleviate stress, giddiness and induce sleep. The herb has also been used to help with snake bites, insect stings, nervous disorders, epilepsy, psoriasis, excessive sweating, itching and hypertension.
The main alkaloid present in Rauwolfia, called reserpine, was first discovered by scientists Schiller and Muller of CIB Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland in 1952. Reserpine was a major constituent of antihypertensive drugs. Alstonine, another β-carboline alkaloid also present in Rauwolfia, although in lesser quantity,has been isolated and studied since 1952.