C. borivilianum, Chlorophytum arundinaceum, Chlorophytum borivilianum, Dholi Musli, Indian Spider Plant, Khiruva, Musli, Shedheveli, Swetha Musli, Taniravi Thang.
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.
How does it 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.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Weight loss.
- Improving sexual performance.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Painful urination (dysuria).
- Increasing lactation in breast-feeding mothers.
- Sperm disorders (oligospermia).
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).
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.
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