TURPETH ROOT

(Operculina Turpethum )

Operculina turpethum (Linn.) (OT) Silva Manso also called TihudiTrivrit because of the triangular shape stem is an Indian Ayurvedic herb, belonging to the family Convolvulaceae. It is usually found on the roadsides across India, up to 1000 square feet, and sometimes cultivated in gardens as an ornament. Since it implies a potent medicinal plant, it is also employed for several medicinal purposes. Often, the root bark and seed of this herb are used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for the treatment of skin disorders such as vitiligo and several diseases such as cervical lymphadenitis, fistulas, constipation, chronic gout, fever, bronchitis, ulcers, hemorrhoids, tumors, obesity, jaundice, herpes, and induced lacrimation. The use of root powder for the treatment of rheumatism, flatulence, paralysis, scorpion sting, and snake bite was also proven. The root powder was also found to be useful for the treatment of hematemesis, herpes, and tuberculosis, and for the treatment of corneal opacity and conjunctivitis, fresh juice of leaves is employed. A significant Ayurvedic formulation of Trivrit (OT) is Avipattikar Churna which is used predominantly in disorders pertaining to the stomach and intestines.
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