Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.

Primary Characteristics

Primary Characteristics

Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.belongs to Asclepiadaceae, family.
The Arabic Names for this herb are Hammaz Hindi, Ushbah.
The English Name for this herb is Sarsaparilla.
The Urdu Name for this herb is Ushbah Maghrabi.

Pharmacological Actions

The pharmacological Actions of Hemidesmus indicus R.Br. are Alterative, Attenuant, Blood Purifier, Demulcent, Depurative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Resolvent of Inflammations, Stimulant, Sudorific, Tonic.

Infusion (Root):

  • Alterative
  • Diaphoretic
  • Diuretic
  • Tonic

  • Indications

    The Indications of Root of Hemidesmus indicus R.Br. are Ulceration, Dyspepsia, Skin Diseases, Loss of Appetite.

    The Indications of Root powder of Hemidesmus indicus R.Br. are Loss of Appetite, Fever, Chronic Rheumatism, Skin Diseases, Boils, Scrofula, Rheumatic Pain, Syphilis, Thrush, Cachexia.

    The Indications of Infusion (Root) of Hemidesmus indicus R.Br. are Fever, Loss of Appetite, Piles, Strangury, Scanty Urine, Gravel.

    No Contra Indication information is available for Hemidesmus indicus R.Br..


    The Temperament of Hemidesmus indicus R.Br. is 3rd order, warm and dry.

    Available Brands

    BrandManufacturer/Mnf. Representative
    SHARBAT USHBA KHASHamdard laboratories Waqf Pakistan

    Compound Preparations

    Hemidesmus indicus R.Br. is used in the preparation of Arq Maul Lahm Ambari Ba Nuskha Kalan, Arq Ushba, Ma'jun 'Ushba, Sherbet Ushbah compounds.


    Whole Herb5.000g - 7.000g

    Herb's Description

    Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.. A perennial prostrate or twining shrub; rootstock woody; stems numerous, slender, terete, glabrous or pubescent, striate, thickened at the nodes. Leaves very variable, from elliptic-oblong to linear lanceolate, 5-10 cm long, but of very variable breadth (from 0.8-3.8 cm), glabrous, dark green often variegated with white above, pale and sometimes silvery white and pubescent beneath, wit|-u_ reticulate veins; petioles 3-4 mm long. Flowers crowded in subsessile cymes in the opposite axils; pedicels short, clothed with numerous ovate acute imbricating bracts. Calyx 2.5 mm, with membranous ciliolate margins. Corolla 5-6 mm long, greenish outside, purple inside; tube very short; lobes valvate, fleshy, 4 mm long, ovate-oblong, acuminate. Follicles 10-15 cm by 6 mm, cylindric, tapering to a point at the apex, straight or sometimes slightly curved, striate, glabrous. Seeds 6-8 mm long, ovate-oblong, flattened, black; silvery white, 2.5 cm long

    Taste Odor & Occurrence

    Occurence: It is native of Tropical Africa. It occurs in India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Srilanka.. In Pakistan it is distributed in Waziristan and Balochistan.
    Odor: The odor of Root of Hemidesmus indicus R.Br. is Aromatic,Camphoraceous
    Root: Sweet,Slightly Acrid


    No information regarding Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.'s substitute is currently available.

    Active Constituents

    Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.'s Active constituents:


    No information regarding Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.'s antidot is currently available.

    Warning & Precautions

    Harmful in fevers of warm origin as well as for patients having warm temperament on prolonged use or when used in large doses.


    Currently no Toxicity information is available for Hemidesmus indicus R.Br.. (work in progress)