Safed Musli is one such plant that is popular in Ayurveda due to its healing and curative properties. (1) It is known to enhance male reproductive performance by improving sexual activity and impotence. That is why it is also known as “Indian Viagra” or “Herbal Viagra”.
Scientific Classification (2)
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Monocots
- Order: Asparagales
- Family: Asparagaceae
- Subfamily: Agavoideae
- Genus: Chlorophytum
- Species: C. borivilianum
- Binomial name: Chlorophytum borivilianum
Safed Musli is an herb with a maximum height of 1.5 feet. It has sub-erect leaves and tuberous roots. The tuberous root can grow up to a depth of 10. Vegetative growth and development of fleshy roots are promoted with a sufficient amount of moisture in growing periods with hot and humid climates. The plant grows a rosette (circular arrangement) of large, thin leaves with the fleshy and thick rhizome. The flowers are white, small, and produced on scattered panicles (a loose branching group of flowers). The leaves are lightly yellowish and the white flowers including 6 petals are settled on a flower stalk that originates from the middle of the plant. The seeds are very small in size, light in weight, black and surrounded by holes. In a hole, there are around 10–12 seeds.
- Parts Used Medicinally: The root part of Safed Musli is used medicinally for various conditions.
Chemical Constituents of Safed Musli
Safed Musli comprises carbohydrates, fiber, alkaloids, saponins, and proteins. It is loaded with 25 alkaloids, proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, steroids, potassium, saponins, phenol, mucilage, resins, and polysaccharides. It also includes a large number of simple sugars, chiefly glucose, sucrose, galactose, fructose, xylose, and mannose. (3)
Medicinal Properties of Safed Musli
There are various medicinal properties present in Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) which make it beneficial in many conditions (4) Such as
- Immunomodulatory activity
- Antidiabetic and Antioxidant activity
- Anti-stress property
- Antiulcer activity
- Anthelmintic activity
- Antimicrobial activity
- Anti-tumor and anti-mutagenic activity
- Larvicidal activity
Benefits of Safed Musli
1. Promote Immune System
Safed Musli helps to promote the healthy functioning of the immune system and also provides strength to it. With a strong immune system, the body becomes able to fight against diseases. This herb supports the overall health and fights general weakness.
2. Combats Sexual Problems
Safed Musli is used in various sexual problems. It has a strong Aphrodisiac property and acts as a tonic to improve sexual libido. It used to treat premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction in men. Safed Musli also shows effective results in women. It helps in reducing vaginal dryness and excessive menstrual bleeding.
3. Manage Diabetes
Safed Musli possesses antidiabetic, potent antioxidants, and anti-hyperglycemic activities. It is very useful for diabetic patients. It manages blood sugar levels and helps in treating diabetes. Regular consumption of Safed Musli helps to reduce hepatic lipid profiles and plasma
4. Treats Oral Infections
Safed Musli has Anti-inflammatory, Anti-ulcer, and Anti-microbial activity. That’s why it is effective in treating oral infection. For this, you can deep fry Safed Musli powder in ghee and then consume it, it will help reduce throat and mouth infections.
5. Treats Diarrhea
Safed Musli is very beneficial in treating digestive related issues like dysentery and diarrhea. You can effectively take it into these problems because it does not cause side effects. Even in a small quantity, you can give it to infants for diarrhea.
6. Treats Arthritis
This herb possesses anti-inflammatory properties which make it very efficient in the treatment of arthritis, joint pain, and rheumatism. This supports the synovial fluid production and prevents the degeneration of the joints.
7. Help to Lose Weight
Safed Musli also helps to lose weight. It supports the healthy functioning of the digestive system and improves metabolism. It strengthens the body and helps to get relief from tiredness and fatigue.
8. Premature Ejaculation
It is very effective for men to prevent premature ejaculation. It enhances the libido in men and reduces the fatigue and weakness in men. It improves the overall health of men.
9. Treats Oligospermia
Oligospermia is a condition of males that occurs due to the low sperm count. The intake of Safed Musli regularly is beneficial to improve the sperm count and increase the liquefaction time and motility.
10. Reduces Weakness and Fatigue
Safed Musli is an effective herb to reduce weakness and fatigue. Regular consumption of Safed Musli helps in strengthening the body and make strong.
11. Helps Breastfeeding Mothers
Safed Musli acts as a galactagogue. When combined with brown sugar or sugarcane, and cumin, it helps to increase the milk supply in lactating mothers. It also keeps a balance in hormones in females.
It has been concluded that medicinal plants also have many medicinal properties that help treat many conditions such as aging, hyperlipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, stress, etc. Safed Musli is also an effective herb that provides many benefits to the body. The herb also acts as a nutritional supplement.
Q1. Is it safe to take Safed Musli on an empty stomach?
Answer: Yes, you can take it on an empty stomach. It does not produce any side effects.
Q2. Can Safed Musli be taken with water?
Answer: Yes, you can consume it with water. If you are taking it on an empty stomach then it is preferred to take with water.
Q3. Is it safe to take Safed Musli with milk?
Answer: Yes, there is no harm to take Safed Musli with milk. It should be avoided to take with milk if you are using it on an empty stomach.
Q4. Can anyone consume Safed Musli before driving?
Answer: Yes, you can take it before driving. It does not cause dizziness and you will be completely fine to drive.
Q5. Can the use of Safed Musli become addictive?
Answer: No, it is not addictive at all.