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    Prasarini (Merremia tridentata)

    Prasarini – Merremia tridentata

    Prasarini, commonly known as Chinese moon creeper is commonly seen in South Indian states. The name Prasarini means that it spreads in all directions. Tridentata indicates the three toothed fruits if the plant. Prasarini is used mainly in Vata vyadhi.

     

    Institute of Applied food Allergy guided by Dr.Gupta, have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Prasarini and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Anthelmintic, Carminative, Analgesic , Laxative, Anti-inflammatory actions etc. Prasarini can be used in various diseases like Vata disorders, Dysuria, Diabetes, Worm infestations, Piles etc. The methanolic and aqueous extracts of Prasarini is found to be antiviral in action and can be effectively used against viruses like influenza virus, Herpes simplex virus etc. It is also proven to be antiinflammatory and anthelmintic in nature. Nowadays Prasarini is also used for treating allergic conditions.

    Action of Prasarini – Merremia tridentatain Allergies

    IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Prasarini. The plant contains phytoconstituents like diosmetion,lutedin,dissmetin ,glucosides etc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic and anti-inflammatory property of Prasarini. It can be effectively used to alleviate skin allergic conditions. 

    Vernacular names and Classification

    Botanical NameMerremia tridentata
    FamilyConvolvulaceae
    Native Names
    Sanskrit NamePrasarini, Suprasara, Sarani
    Hindi NameGandhali
    English NameChinesemoon creeper 
    Malayalam NameTalanili
    Kannada NameHesarani
    Marathi NamePrasarini

    Ayurveda reference of Prasarini – Merremia tridentate

    Morphology of Prasarini – Merremia tridentata

    • Perennial herb 
    • Have small woody root stock
    • Stem is prostate and slender
    • Leaves are oblong ovate
    • Flowers are pale yellow

    Geographical distribution of Prasarini – Merremia tridentata

    Prasarini is found throughout India especially in SouthIndian states and hilly areas.

    Phytoconstituents of Prasarini – Merremia tridentata

    The plant contains phytoconstituents like diosmetion, lutedin,dissmetin ,glucosides etc.

    Parts used of Prasarini – Merremia tridentata

    • Whole plant

    Dosage of Prasarini – Merremia tridentata

    • Powder  (Curna) –2-4g
    • Decoction (kwatha)- 50-100 ml

    Medicinal Properties of Prasarini – Merremia tridentata

    • Balya – promotesstrength
    • Sulahara-relieves pain
    • Sophahara – relieves swelling 
    • Jwaraghna – relieves fever 
    • Kushtaghna – relieves skin diseases 
    • Krimighna – useful in worm infestations  
    • Kandughna- relieves itching 
    • Vishaghna – useful in poisoning 
    • Vranahara – useful in wounds 

    Home remedies of Prasarini – Merremia tridentata

    Ayurveda is not only a treatment system but also a lifestyle. The treatment system provided by Ayurveda uses herbs that are commonly seen around. Prasarini is one of the commonly seen herb and is used in different diseases like, 

    • In Dysuria (mutrakrchra) –Prasarini is taken with coconut water during morning hours. 
    • In Vata disorders (Vata vyadhi) –The oil prepared from Prasarini with its decoction, paste and milk. It is useful in Vata diseases 
    • In Worm infestations (Krimi)  – Freshly collected juice of Prasarini is taken with honey. 
    • In skin diseases (Kushta) – Powder of Prasarini is made and taken along with honey.
    • In Diabetes (Prameha)  – Decoction is made of root of Prasarini and taken to cure diabetes. 
    • As Carminative (Deepana) – Prasarini is powdered and taken before food. It can act as a carminative. 
    • In Swelling (Sotha) – Paste is made of Prasarini and applied over area of Swelling. 
    • As Laxative (Anulomana) -Prasarini is powdered and taken with hot water. 

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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