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  • Sarphokha – सरफोखा – Purple Tephrosia – Tephrosia purpurea

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    Sarphoka (Tephrosia purpurea):

    Common Name: Sarphoka, wild indigo, purple tephrosia, fish poison plant

    Scientific Name: Tephrosia purpurea

    Family: Fabaceae

    Parts Used: Whole plant, roots, leaves, seeds

    Ayurvedic Properties:

    • Rasa (taste): Bitter (tikta), Pungent (katu)
    • Virya (energy): Hot (ushna)
    • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent (katu)
    • Doshas (constitutions): Pacifies Kapha and Pitta

    Health Benefits:

    • Digestive health
    • Respiratory health
    • Skin health
    • Liver health
    • Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties
    • Anti-cancer properties (preliminary research)

    Note: Sarphoka should be used under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. It is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women and should be used with caution in individuals with liver or kidney disease.

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