Medicinal Properties

Musli Tuberous Roots and Seeds are used for therapeutic purposes. The roots are most commonly used in ayurvedic aphrodisiac formulation. The most common formulation is Musli Pak.

Phytochemistry (Chemical Composition)

The Tuberous Roots of Musli herb contains following nutrients and phytochemicals.

  1. Carbohydrates
  2. Proteins
  3. Saponins
  4. Alkaloids
  5. Fiber

The Musli roots contain around 25 types of alkaloids, vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It also contains polysaccharides, resins, phenol, and mucilage content. The simple sugars like fructose, glucose, galactose, sucrose, xylose and mannose are also found in the Musli roots. (Ref.)

The medicinal properties may be due to the saponin and polysaccharide content in the Safed Musli roots.

Medicinal Properties

Safed Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum) has following medicinal properties:

  • Adaptogenic
  • Androgenic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Erectogenic
  • Antacid
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Anticancer
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-stress
  • Cardioprotective
  • Alterative
  • Immunomodulatory
  • Tonic
  • Galactagogue
  • Antihyperglycemic
  • Antihyperlipidemic

Ayurvedic Properties

Taste –                           RASA         MADHURA (Sweet)

Main Quality –              GUNA        GURU (Heavy) & SNIGADH or SNEHA (Unctuous or Oily

Potency –                      VIRYA SHEETA (Cold)

Resultant –                    VIPAKA     MADHURA (Sweet)

Therapeutic Effect –     PRABHAVA       Aphrodisiac

DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)     Pacifies Vata Dosha & Pitta Dosha

Dhatu (Tissue) Effect             RASA, RAKTA, MAMSA, ASTHI & SHUKRA

Beneficial for Organs             Reproductive organs, Muscles, Bones and Joints

Safed Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum) mainly works on Vata Dosha and Pitta Dosha. It pacifies aggravation of Vata and Pitta. However, it increases Kapha Dosha, so it should not be used in people with Kapha aggravation or imbalance. Therefore, Safed Musli Powder is most suitable for individuals with VATA and KAPHA dominant symptoms.

Therapeutic Indications

  1. Male Weakness
  2. Erectile Dysfunction or impotence
  3. Arthritis (especially osteoarthritis)
  4. Osteoporosis
  5. Improving athletic performance
  6. Gaining muscle strength in Bodybuilding
  7. Diabetes mellitus for restoring body strength and gaining weight
  8. Increasing lactation
  9. Oligospermia
  10. Physical weakness and debility

Safed Musli Benefits & Uses

Safed Musli or Chlorophytum Borivilianum root powder is used in ayurvedic practice. It is also used in form of various ayurvedic formulations from which Musli Pak is the commonest. It is commonly used for aphrodisiac and erectogenic effects. It is useful in the treatment of male weakness, physical debility, erectile dysfunction, oligospermia, nocturnal emission, etc.

Extreme Fatigue & Weakness

Safed Musli along with Shakkar (sugarcane brown sugar) helps reducing fatigue and provides strength to the body. People feeling extreme fatigue and weakness can use this remedy.

Global Demand of Safed Musli

The largest global markets of Safed Musli are China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK and USA. Japan has the highest per capita consumption of botanical medicines in the world. In the US and Europe, the trade has typically been growing at an average of 10 per cent per annum, partly because of the popularity of alternative treatments and partly because there is increasing official recognition of the benefits of traditional medical systems involving herbal preparations. The market in China is large and shared between public and private ownership.

India is a major exporter of raw MAPs and processed plant-based drugs. Exports of crude drugs from India in 1994-95 were valued at US$53,219 million and of essential oils US$13,250 million. Important crude drugs included Plantago ovata (psyllium), Panax spp. (ginseng), Cassia spp. (senna) and Catharanthus roseus (rosy periwinkle). Essential oils included Santalum album (sandalwood), Mentha arvensis (peppermint) and Cymbopogon flexuosus (lemongrass). Seventy-five per cent of total exports from India are sent to six countries – France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, UK and USA. Other major importers are Bangladesh, Pakistan and Spain.

Also in western India, especially in Gujarat, people are given to the habit of taking a spoon of Safed Musli along with milk twice a day as a part of routine health-care. There are also instances of Safed Musli being used in various ways in varied parts of the country. That underlines the reason for a great deal of demand for Safed Musli in India.

Many countries in the Gulf, Europe including USA have been major importers of the dry roots of Safed Musli for a very long time, for its use in the making of various herbal products and thinks to the increasing awareness and appreciation of the goodness of herbal products. The demand for Safed Musli has been phenomenally growing across the globe.

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