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Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

Jivanti is one of the bestrejuvenator plants in Ayurveda. The name itself means that it maintains normal status of health. From ancient times itself, Jivanti is used as an important Rasayan aoushadhi (rejuvenation prepaaration). The plant is commonly known as Leptadenia owing to its slender and thin appearance. Reticulata means finely netted appearance. Jivanti is a cosmopolitan plant.


Institute of Applied food Allergy guided by Dr. Gupta, have been studying on different available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Jivanti and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Hepato-protective, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Diuretic, Antioxidant, Analgesic, Immunomodulatory, Antidiabetic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiproliferative and Antiallergic actions etc. Jivanti can be used in diseases like Weakness, Night blindness, Burning sensation, Cough, Fever etc. The solvent extract of the plant have antioxidant and antiproliferative actions. Our experts are conducting different experiments about the rejuvenative property of the plant.

Action of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata in Allergies

IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Jivanti. The plant contains phytoconstituents like Hentriacontanol, alpha amyrin, stgmasterol, beta sitosterol, Flavanoids, diosmetin, luteolinetc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property of Jivanti. It is used both internally and externally in allergic conditions and skin diseases.

Vernacular Names and Classification

Botanical nameLeptadenia Reticulata
Native Names             
Sanskrit NameJivanti, Jiva, Saakasreshta
Hindi NameDori
English NameLeptadenia
Malayalam NameAtakodiyan
Kannada NameBugudi
Marathi NameDodi

Ayurveda Reference of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

Morphology of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

  • A twining shrub
  • Stem with corky bark
  • Numerous stem branches present
  • Leaves are coriaceous
  • Flowers are greenish yellow
  • Fruits are follicles

Geographical Distribution of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

It is found throughout India especially in Konkan, Maharashtra, Gujarat.

Phytoconstituents of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

The plant contains phytoconstituents like Hentriacontanol, alpha amyrin, stgmasterol, beta sitosterol, Flavanoids, diosmetin, luteolin etc.

Parts Used of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

  • Root

Dosage of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

  1. Powder (churna) – 3-6 g
  2. Decoction (kwatha) – 50 ml

Medicinal Properties of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

  • Kasahara – relieves cough
  • Sulahara – relieves pain
  • Sothahara – relieves swelling
  • Swasahara – relieves asthma
  • Rasayana – rejuvenative
  • Krimighna – useful in worm infestations
  • Pandunut – cures anaemia
  • Vishaghna – useful in poisoning
  • Vranahara – useful in wounds
  • Netrya – promotes vision

Home Remedies of Jivanti – Leptadenia Reticulata

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine popular in India. It uses plans and plant products that are easily and commonly available in nature as medicine. Jivanti is one of the commonly seen herbs and it have different medicinal uses like,

  1. In Burning sensation (Daha) – Decoction of root of Jivanti is taken with ghee and is useful in Burning sensation.
  2. In Night blindness (Nisaandhata) – Tender leaves of Jivanti are fried in ghee and given internally.
  3. In premature greying of hair (Palitya) – An oil is prepared from Jivanti and is applied over scalp.
  4. To improve vision (Drstiprasadana) – Oil of Tila(Sesamumindicum), Aksa(Terminalia belerica) is processed with juice of Jivanti and decoction of Asana(Pterocarpus marsupium) and taken.
  5. In Headache (Suryavarta) – Juice of Jivanti is mixed with equal quantity of goat’s milk kept in sunlight is used as nasal instillation.
  6. In Skin diseases (Kushta) – Jivanti is processed with ghee and used in skin diseases.
  7. In Cough (Kasa) – Powder of Jivanti is mixed with honey and taken.
  8. In Anaemia (Pandu) – It is processed with oil in an iron pan and taken.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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