Amazing Health Benefits of Safed Musli

Amazing Health Benefits of Safed Musli

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 23 Feb 2016 - 12:04


Chlorophytum Borivilianum, also known as Safed Musli in Hindi is a traditionally rare Indian herb used in Ayurveda that has an adaptogenic compound and aphrodisiac. It is sometimes referred to as White Gold due to its roots which are seen as the main active component. It is used in traditional systems of medicine including Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy. This herb has been used in preparation of more than hundred ayurvedic formulations. 

There are about 256 varieties of Safed Musli and 17 among them are found in India, out of which Safed Musli has good market both indigenously and globally. The Saponin and Alkaloid compounds present in the plant are the primary source of its significant medicinal properties.

It tastes sweet known for its cooling by nature. It’s a perfect composition of minerals, vitamins, proteins, alkaloids, steroids and polysaccharides. According to Journal of Ethnopharmacol, this plant possess antifungal, anticancer, antimicrobial, antiulcer, antipyretic, anti-arthritic and immune-modulatory properties. Safed Musli herb has numerous health benefits, one of which is longevity – a true gift from God.

Health Benefits of Safed Musli

  • Treats sleep disorder:  A latest study examined the effect of an experimental dietary supplement, containing the active ingredients Chlorophytum borivilianum and Velvet bean, on sleep quality using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). The study involved 18 active men and women, with evidence of impaired sleep quality, who consumed the supplement regularly for 28 days. The PSQI was administered before and after the intervention and showed that sleep quality was influenced by the supplement, with about 50% from pre to post intervention.
  • Controlling cholesterol levels: A study carried out at Sardar Patel University in Gujarat, India, recommends that Chlorophytum Borivilianum may be effective at controlling cholesterol levels in the blood. Research published in the March 2007 edition of "Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology" concluded that a daily dose of 0.75 to 1.5 grams of Musli Power in male albino rats, considerably increased HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels. HDL cholesterol sometimes called "good cholesterol" helps to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Reduces stress: Researchers conducted a study in rats and determined the anti-stress effects of Safed Musli. They found that in 21 days of taking 100-300mg/kg of the alcoholic extract, it showed results in preventing stress ulcers. This herb can be consumed in the form of capsules, extract, tonics etc. Apart from regular walking, aerobic exercises, gardening etc, eating this herb helps reduce stress.
  • Enhances hormone growth: Safed Musli is an excellent herb with lanceolate leaves, from tropical wet forests in peninsular India. Recent studies indicated its aphrodisiac effects, with its roots used medicinally as a sex tonic. Several companies which sell body-building supplements add this herb to their products for its potential growth hormone enhancing properties. It helps increase the volume of muscles and enhance stamina of bodybuilder.

Other health benefits include:

  • Promotes libido: Safed Musli is often prescribed for increasing male potency and reducing signs of fatigue. It is especially useful for individuals with low sperm count. The most commonly recognized health benefit is that it helps to promote the libido for more satisfying intimate relationships.
  • Energy booster: This herb works as an energy booster in asthmatic conditions. The roots of this herb are used to strengthen the general immune system of the body.
  • Tonic for boosting sex: The tuber roots of the plant have been used since ancient times, to prepare nutritive tonic for sexual weakness and is used in Ayurvedic medicines till date. This wonderful herb reduces premature ejaculation by strengthening the reproductive organs. 
  • Improves breast milk production: Safed Musli works best as a nutritive tonic for both the mother and the fetus, during pregnancy and is also used to replenish the body fluids during the post-natal stage. The herb improves the quantity and flow of breast milk in feeding mothers.
  • This species of plant is also used for treating diabetes and arthritic conditions. It helps in weight issues and also increases the activity of antioxidant enzymes to slow down the aging process.  
  • It is also used in the treatment for chronic leucorrhea (discharge of white mucous from the vagina; often an indication of infection).

Nutritional facts Safed Musli:

  • Proteins (5 to 10%)
  • Carbohydrates (35 to 45%)
  • Saponins (2 to 20%)
  • Fiber (25 to 35%)
  • Alkaloids (15 to 25%)
  • Polysaccharides (40 to 45%


Reference:Journal of Ethnopharmacol; Sardar Patel University in Gujarat



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