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Smilax glabra        

  Latin Name Smilax glabra; Smilax china
English Name China Root         
Hindi Name Chopchini; Chob-chini
Part Used Root

It is a deciduous climber that grows up to 1.0 meters. This plant has dioecious flowers and is located in East Asia - China to the Himalayas.

1China root was once considered useful in Europe for venereal and rheumatic disorders in the same way as sarsaparilla. Though it is no longer used in indigenous medicines in China, it continues to be used in India for the treatment of venereal diseases, rheumatism and chronic skin affections. 2Smilax glabra has showed anti-inflammation and detoxification properties in different studies.

3Immunomodulatory activity of the aqueous extract from rhizome of Smilax glabra in the later phase of adjuvant-induced arthritis in rats is found. 4Anti-inflammatory activities of Sieboldogenin from Smilax china Linn: experimental and computational studies were reported. 5Effect of astilbin (a flavonoid compound, was isolated from the rhizome of Smilax glabra Roxb) on experimental diabetic nephropathy in vivo and in vitro.

Smilax is helpful in improving muscle mass and body strength. It is used as a tonic for male sexual energy. Smilax has a special property as it acts against the problems caused due to malnourishment of Dhatus such as poor immunity and weakness.


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