Medicinal plant

Title Info
Common name Snakeroot, Indian
Scientific name Rauwolfia serpentina
Taxonomic group Apocynaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Medicinals
Date May 1998
Location Mala,Karnataka,India,Asia

Indian snakeroot or Rauwolfia serpentina, India. Chemicals from this small plant have been used extensively by both traditional healers and Western medicine. Traditional healers use the plant against snake bites, insanity, and high blood pressure, while Western physicians have used reserpine, a drug isolated from the plant, as a sedative against schizophrenia and to fight high blood pressure.