जीवन्ति शीतला स्वादुः स्निग्धा दोषत्रयापहा Ι

रसायनी बलकरी चक्षुष्या ग्राहिनी लघुः ΙΙ भ. प्र.

Botanical Name of Jeevanti  :  Leptadenia reticulate . W. & A.   

Classification of Jeevanti  :

According To Modern

Kingdom –Plantae

Order – Gentianales

Family  – Asclepiadaceae

According To Ayurveda

Charak-  Jivaniya varga

Sushruta- Kakolyadi gana

Bhavprakash- Guducyadi varga


Dhanvantari Nighantu-Guduchyadi varga

Kaiyyadeva Nighantu-Oushadhi varga

Raja Nighantu-Guduchyadi varga

Other Names of Jeevanti  :

Hindi name- Dodi shak, Ranimoi, Chirvel
Gujarathi name- Nahanidodi, Khirkhodi, Raidodi, Shinguti
Marathi name- Gaganthjuti, Palkhevel
Kannada name- Palatheege balli
Malayalam name- Atapathiyan,Curinil, Adapathiyan
Tamil name- Palaikkodi, Paalaikeerai
Telugu name- Kalasa, Mukkutummudu, Palatige

Sanskrit Name-

Shakashreshta-Used as good vegetable

Chakshushya-Improves the vision

Jeevanti,Jeeva,Jeevaniya,Jeevaprushta-Nourishes the body

Arkapushpi-Flowers resembles the flower of Arka

Madhushwasa,Madhusrava-The exudate is sweet in taste

Mangalya-It is auspicious



General Information of Jeevanti  :

Habit –  A twining shrub, Stem- with cork-like deeply corked bark, branches are numerous, younger ones are glabrous,. leaves- Coriaceous, ovate, acute, glabrous above, finely pubescent. Flowers- Greenish yellow, seen in lateral or subaxillary cymes. Fruit- Follicle, Sub-Woody,6 to 9 cm long, tapering towards tip.

Types Of Plant’s of Jeevanti  :


Properties (Gunadharma) of Jeevanti 

Rasa- Madhura

Vipak- Madhura

Virya- sita

Guna-Laghu, Snigdha

Specific Parts of Jeevanti  :


Doshaghnata of Jeevanti  :

Tridoshaghna, vata- Pitta shamak.

Shloka’s of Jeevanti  :

जीवन्ति शीतला स्वादुः स्निग्धा दोषत्रयापहा Ι

रसायनी बलकरी चक्षुष्या ग्राहिनी लघुः ΙΙ भ. प्र.

जीवन्ति मधुरा शीता सुस्निग्धा गृहिणी लघु :l

चक्षुष्य सर्व दोषघ्नी बल्यायुष्या रसायनी l l कै नि

जीवन्ति मधुरा शीता रक्तपित्तानिलापहा  l

क्षय दाह ज्वरान हन्ति कफवीर्यविवर्धानी l l रा नि

Benefits of Jeevanti  :


Paste of Jivanti plant is applied externally over the wound for fast healing

In cases of mouth ulcer,sesame oil cooked with equal quantity of milk and paste of Jivanti is mixed with honey 1/8th quantity and sarjarasa

Leaves of jeevanti is applied externally on cuts and bleeding wounds.

Leave paste of Jeevanti is also applied externally over area of gangrene

Internal –Due to its  snehana,  vatanulomana and grahi gunas  it should be used in rookshata of intestines resulting in constipation. In hriddaurbalya and raktapitta being hridya and raktapittashamak. It is used in  kasa as it is  kaphanissaraka; in shukrameha being shukrastambhana and in stanyalpata being  stanyajanana; in mootradaha, mootrakrichchhra and pooyameha being mootrala. It is also indicated in jvara and in daha; in kshaya, shosha and rajyakshma being balya and rasayana and in drishtimandya being chakshushya.

Plant decoction of Jeevanti is given with the honey in the treatment of cough.Dose-40-50ml

Cold infusion of Jeevanti plant is used as tonic .if take regularly it helps in the nourishment of body.

Jeevanti swarasa is given in lactating mother to improve the breast milk

Cold infusion of Jivanti is used to trat difficulty in micturation and burning micturation.

Jeevanti plant is also pramotes production of male gametes and male sex harmones.

Decoction made from Stem of Jeevanti reduces the blood pressure

Leaves paste and roots are taken orally with water to cure gangrene.

Root powder of jeevanti with water in a dose of 3-6gms is used to treat diarrhoea

Dahajwara (Burning sensation in  Fever)

Decoction of root of Jivanti  if with ghee is very useful in burning sensation in Jwara (Fever).

Nisandhya (Night Blindness)

Tender leaves of Jivanti) are fried in ghee and given internally in case of Nisandhya (Night blindness).

Formulation (Kalp) of Jeevanti  :

Jeevantyadi ghrita, Jeevantyadi taila.


Ashwagandhadi churna

Brihat chagalyadi ghrut

Anu tail

Dosage of Jeevanti  :

Choorna – 2 to 4 gm.

Quatha – 40 to 80 ml.

Research Corner of Jeevanti  :

A study is done to evaluate the antioxidant and antiproliferative potential of different solvent extract of micropropagated and naturally grown plants of Leptadenia reticulate against various cancer cell lines. Different extract were tested for cytotoxicity against human breast adenocarcinoma cell line MCF-7 , human colon adenocarcinoma grade II cell line HT-29 and non cancer skeletal muscle cell line L6 through 3-(4,5-dimethyl thiazol-z-yl) -5-diphynyl tetrazolium bromide assay. The total antioxidant potential was estimated by three different antioxidant model diphenylpicrydrazyl free radical scavenging activity, H2O2 scavenging activity and FeCI3 reducing activity. The strong cytotoxicity of ethyl acetate axtract revealed anti Carcinogenic potential of the plant which supports its traditional use as medicine.

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