Rauvolfia serpentina


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rauwolfia

Herbal medicine
A plant native to India that contains reserpine, an alkaloid. Rauwolfia is antipyretic and emmenagogic; it has been used as an ayurvedic herbal medicine for depression, diarrhoea, colic in infants and hypertension. It has also been used as an antidote to snake poison. 

Toxicity
Abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, oedema, hypotension, sedation, coma, possibly death.

Rauvolfia serpentina,

n See rauwolfia.
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Rauvolfia serpentina was used by Kaviraj 2 for treatment of severe rheumatism, sprain, and snake bite, any of which can cause neurological disturbances because of associated pain or fear.
Antifungal evaluation of Ocimum sanctum essential oil against fungal deterioration of raw materials of Rauvolfia serpentina during storage.
The cultivation of Plantago ovata (isabgol), Catha-ranthus roseus (rosy periwinkle), Papaver somniferum (opium poppy), Rauvolfia serpentina (sarpagandha), Cassia spp.