RAUWOLFIA SERPENTINA also Known as Snake Root, Serpentine Root, Indian Snake Root.
Rauwolfia Serpentina

Rauwolfia Serpentina

Botanical Name
Family Name
Parts Used
Product offered
Common Name(s)
Rauwolfia Serpentina
Moist deciduous to evergreen forests
Snake Root, Serpentine Root, Indian Snake Root


Sarpagandhi (Rauwolfia serpentina) is an Ayurvedic herb, effective in reducing high blood pressure. The term sarpagandhi means something that has the smell (gandha) of a snake (sarpa). It is used in the treatment of snake bites and also for mental illnesses.

An extract from sarpagandhi root, named reserpine is used in the mental clinics as an alternative to electric shock treatment.Rauwolfia serpentine is in the plant family apocynaceae

This plant is used medicinally both in the Modern Western Medical system and also in Ayurveda, unani and folk medicine. It helps to reduce blood pressure, depresses activity of central nervous system and acts as a hypnotic.

Snakeroot depletes catecholamines and serotonin from nerves in central nervous system. Refined snakeroot has been used extensively in recent years to treat hypertension. It is used as an antidote to the bites of poisonous reptile like snakes. It is also used to treat dysentery and other painful affections of the intestinal canal.