Health Benefits of Serpentina leaves, Serpentina capsule benefits.

Rauwolfia serpentina (R. serpentina) (Apocynaceae), commonly known as Indian snake root, is a widely grown plant in Southeastern Nigeria and has been reported to possess numerous medicinal properties and health benefits. It is the traditional way of treating snake bite in Nigeria among the igbo native doctors.

Health Benefits of Serpentina Leaves (Serpentina Capsule)
Serpentina leaves and serpentina capsules

Rauwolfia serpentina is marketed as SERPENTINA Herbal Food Supplement and Serpentina Herbal 100 Capsule.


What are the benefits that you can get from this plant? From what I know, this is good for diabetic in regulating or lowering blood sugar. Furthermore, it is also known for its antibiotic property and getting rid of infections.

This is the reason why we took this herbal plant when we are having cough and colds.

But in my search about the said plant, there are lot more benefits that we can get from this bitter plant like:

💥Analgesic – pain killer

💥Anti-inflammatory – reduces swelling

💥Antibacterial – has a remarkable effect in reducing diarrhea and other bacterial infections

💥Antimalarial – helps prevent malaria parasite infection and multiplication in the blood stream

💥Antihepatotoxic and Hepatoprotective – eliminates liver toxins and protects liver and gall bladder

💥Antipyretic – reduces fever

💥Antithrombotic – blood clot prevention. Helps prevent heart attack.

💥Antiviral – inhibits viral activity including HIV (further studies are being made)

💥Antioxidant – fights free radicals

💥Anticancer – cancer fighter or better to say cancer killer

💥Cardiopotective – protects heart muscles and prevents cardiac arrest.

💥Choleretic – increases the flow of bile and encourages the excretion of bile.

💥Depurative – cleans the system especially the blood stream

💥Expectorant – releases mucus in the respiratory system

💥Hypoglycemic – lowers blood sugar and protect against diabetes

💥Immune enhancer – increases immune system

💥Vermicidal – kills intestinal worms


💥Antidote against bite from poisonous reptiles

💥It can be used againts coughs, headaches, edema, earache, pain conditions, inflammation and muscular pain, arthritis, rheumatism, fibro myalgia, multiple sclerosis, depression, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, candida, lupus (SLE), diabetes, piles, fevers, fatigue, hepatitis, herpes, leprosy, loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes and other lymphatic conditions, jaundice, dyspepsia, dermatitis, eczema, burns, pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis, chicken pox, mumps; sluggish liver, spleen, kidneys and adrenal glands; sleeplessness, vaginitis, breast lumps and constipation.


Serpentina is not recommended for breastfeeding and pregnant women due to its abortive effect. Serpentina can cause abortion or miscarriage in pregnancy.


The possible side effects of Indian snakeroot include: hypotension, nasal congestion, changes in appetite and weight, nightmares, drowsiness, and loose stools. Some people have reported depression, muscle aches, headaches, chills, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Serpentina has many uses that could benefit our health. The plant has very low toxicity and no cases of overdosage have been reported.

Perhaps it is because unlike any other herbs, you won’t wish to have more than the recommended dosage due to its extreme bitterness.

CAVEAT: This article is strictly for you education on some medicinal herbs.


1. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine

2. Serpentina Capsule Phillipines


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