Slideshows Images Quizzes

Copyright © 2018 by RxList Inc. RxList does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. See additional information.

Safed Musli

Reviewed on 9/17/2019

What other names is Safed Musli known by?

C. borivilianum, Chlorophytum arundinaceum, Chlorophytum borivilianum, Dholi Musli, Indian Spider Plant, Khiruva, Musli, Shedheveli, Swetha Musli, Taniravi Thang.

What is Safed Musli?

Safed musli is a rare herb from India. It is used in traditional systems of medicine including Ayurveda, Unani, and homeopathy. It is traditionally used for arthritis, cancer, diabetes, boosting vitality, improving sexual performance, and for many other uses.

Today it is also showing up in supplements promoted for bodybuilding.

This plant species is now a threatened species worldwide due to overharvesting.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bodybuilding.
  • Weight loss.
  • Improving sexual performance.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • Stress.
  • Arthritis.
  • Cancer.
  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dysentery.
  • Painful urination (dysuria).
  • Increasing lactation in breast-feeding mothers.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Sperm disorders (oligospermia).
  • Infections.
More evidence is needed to rate safed musli for these uses.

QUESTION

Next to red peppers, you can get the most vitamin C from ________________. See Answer

How does Safed Musli work?

Safed musli contains chemicals that might have effects in the body. Research in animals shows it might have anti-inflammatory effects. Animal research also shows that it might increase sexual activity and might possibly have effects similar to testosterone. But this research is preliminary. There is no reliable research in people.

Are there safety concerns?

There is not enough information available to know if safed musli is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough information to know if safed musli is safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. It should be avoided.

Dosing considerations for Safed Musli.

The appropriate dose of safed musli depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for safed musli. Keep in mind that natural medicines are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

FDA Logo

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors

References

Acharya D, Mitaine-Offer AC, Kaushik N, et al. Cytotoxic spirostane-type saponins from the roots of Chlorophytum borivilianum. J Nat Prod 2009;72:177-81. View abstract.

Deore SL, Khadabadi SS. Effect of Chlorophytum borivilianum on adjuvant induced arthritis in rats. Ann Biol Res 2010;1:36-40.

Thakur GS, Bag M, Sanodiya BS, et al. Chlorophytum borivilianum: a white gold for biopharmaceuticals and neutraceuticals. Curr Pharm Biotechnol 2009;10:650-66. View abstract.

Thakur M, Bhargava S, Dixit VK. Immunomodulatory activity of Chlorophytum borivilianum Sant. F. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2007;4:419-23. View abstract.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors