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Kali Musali: Curculigo orchioides

A good aphrodisiac which increases spermatogenesis
Rejuvenates the genital system
Nourishes the body and increases the bulk of body
Proven anti asthmatic herb
Prevents osteoporosis
Useful in hemorrhoids

Common Name:
Black musale, Golden eye-grass, common curculigo, Orchid palm grass,

Sanskrit Name:

  • Talmuli:
  • Talpatri:

Lt. Name:
Curculigo orchioides

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste) – Madhura (Sweet); Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Characteristics) – Guru (Heavy); Snigdha (Unctuous); Pichchhila (Sticking)
  • Veerya (Potency) – Ushna (Hot)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect) – Madhura (Sweet)

Chemical composition of Kali Musali:
It contains starch 43.48 %, tannins 4.15 %, enzymes 14.18 % and ash 8.6 %. Besides these it also contains glycoside, orcinol-1-O-beta-D-apiofuranosyl-(1-->6)-beta-D-glucopyranoside, curculigoside, syringic acid, curculigoside and curculigoside.

Effect of  Kali Musali on Tridoshas:
Kali Musali pacifies Vata and Pitta Doshas so it can be used effectively in management of all the diseases which originate from aggravation of Vata/ Pitta or both. Along with this it also increases the Kapha Dosha so also useful in conditions of Kapha deficiency in the body.

Therapeutic Uses of Kali Musali in Ayurveda:

  • Vrushya: Kali Musali rejuvenates the genital system so when a fellow is taking Kali Musali; he can enjoy his sexual life like a young fellow even in old age.
  • Brumhani: Kali Musali nourishes the body and increases the bulk of body
  • Rasayani: Kali Musali nourishes each and every cell of the body.
  • Hanti Gudajani: Kali Musali is useful in hemorrhoids

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Kali Musali Powder 2 oz

Kali Musali Powder 4 oz

Kali Musali Powder 1/2 Lb

Kali Musali Powder 1 Lb

Kali Musali Capsules 60capsules

Medicinal value of Kali Musali:

  • Antioxidant activity of methanol extract of rhizomes of Curculigo orchioides(MEC) was investigated using carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) - intoxicated rat liver as the experimental model. The hepatotoxic rats were administered MEC for 90 days (daily, orally at the dose of 70 mg per kg body weight). Lipid peroxidation (LPO) in CCl4 - intoxicated rats was evidenced by a marked increment in the levels of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and diene conjugates (CD), and also a distinct diminution in glutathione (GSH) content in the liver. In CCl4 + MEC – treated rats these biochemical parameters attained an almost normal level. The decreased activity of antioxidant enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and glutathione reductase (GRD) in CCl4 –intoxicated rats, and its retrieval towards near normalcy in CCl4 + MEC- administered rats revealed the efficacy of MEC in combating oxidative stress due to hepatic damage. Elevated level of glutathione transferase (GTS) observed in hepatotoxic rats too showed signs of returning towards normalcy in MEC co-administered animals, thus corroborating the antioxidant efficacy of MEC. The findings provide a rationale for further studies on isolation of active principles and its pharmacological evaluation.
    • Antioxidant activity of curculigo orchioides in carbon tetrachlorideinduced hepatopathy in rats m.r. Venukumar and m.s. Latha Pharmacognosy Research Laboratory, School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, P.D. Hills P.O., Kottayam - 686560, Kerala.
  • In the study ethanolic extract of rhizomes was evaluated for its effect on orientation behavior and spermatogenesis in albino rats. A change in orientation behavior was assessed by orientation towards female, towards environment, towards self and type of mobility. Administration of 100 mg/Kg b. w. of ethanolic extract had pronounced effect on orientation of male towards the female rats. Males treated with the extract displayed more frequent and vigorous anogenital sniffing and mounting as compared to untreated animals. The increased spermatogenesis in treated group was confirmed by change in histoarchitecture as evidenced by increase in number of spermatocyte and spermatids. These findings support the folk use of this plant as aphrodisiac.
    • Spermatogenic activity of rhizomes of Curculigo orchioidesGaertn in male rats Chauhan NS and Dixit VK Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. H. S. Gour University Sagar (M.P.) 470003 India
  • The ethanol extract of Curculigo orchioides was evaluated for antiasthmatic activity by using various in vitro and in vivo animal models. In vitro models like isolated goat tracheal chain preparation and isolated guinea pig ileum preparation were studied to know basic mechanism by which extract shows relaxant activity. The study showed that extract is effective against histamine-induced contraction. In isolated goat tracheal chain preparation and isolated guinea pig ileum preparation extract exhibits maximum relaxant effect (p< 0.01) against histamine at concentrations 100?g/ml and 25?g/ml respectively. Animal studies involved use of histamine induced bronchoconstriction in guinea pigs, egg albumin induced passive paw anaphylaxis in rats and haloperidol-induced catalepsy in mice. These studies showed significant (p< 0.01) protection at lower doses while further increase in the dose level showed reduced activity. Biochemical estimations in milk-induced total leukocytes count and milk-induced differential leukocyte count were also studied. In this study there was maximum increase in leucocytes and lymphocytes (99%) and maximum decrease in eosinophils up to 0% at dose 375mg/kg p.o. body weight was observed. The results of these studies indicated usefulness of ethanol extract of Curculigo orchioides in asthma.
    • Evaluation of Antiasthmatic Activity of Curculigo orchioides Gaertn. Rhizomes Pranali Pandit, Anita Singh, A. R. Bafna, P. V. Kadam, Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, Pimpri, Pune-411 018, India; and M. J. Patil1*1Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College of Pharmacy, Thergaon (Kalewadi), Pune-411 033, India
  • The roots of Kalimusli (Curculigo orchioides) were fractionated with different solvents and screened for their antimicrobial and antitumor activity. Antifungal activity was screened using agar plate method, and antibacterial activity of the extracts was determined by disk diffusion method. Antitumor activity was screened against a human breast cancer cell line (MCF-7). Methanolic extract showed maximum activity due to the saponins present.The antimicrobial and antitumor activity of different fractioned extracts of Kalimusli is due to presence of saponins, which are the glycosides (Varshney and Sharma, 1996) present in plant. These plant glycosides are the polar compounds, therefore the methanolic extracts is showing the maximum activity.
    • Antimicrobial and antitumor activity of the fractionated extracts of Kalimusli (Curculigo orchioides) Rajesh Singh, AK Gupta Department of Chemistry, Agra College, Agra - 282 002, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Six phenolic compounds isolated from Curculigo orchioides, including 2,6-dimethoxy benzoic acid (1), curculigoside A (2), curculigoside B (3), curculigine A (4), curculigine D (5) and 3,3',5,5'-tetramethoxy-7,9':7',9-diepoxylignan-4,4'-di-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (6), together with the ethanol extract of Curculigo orchioides were evaluated for their activity on osteoblasts in neonatal rat calvaria cultures and multinucleated osteoclasts derived from rat marrow cells so as to characterize the antiosteoporotic components of this plant and explore the relationship of chemical structure with antiosteoporotic activity. The proliferation of osteoblast was assayed by MTT methods. The activity of ALP (alkaline phosphatase) and TRAP (tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase) was measured by p-nitrophenyl sodium phosphate assay. The TRAP stain was used to identify osteoclast in morphology. The resorption pit area on the bone slices formed by osteoclast was measured by computer image processing. The ethanol extract exhibited stimulatory effect on both the osteoblast proliferation and the ALP activity. Six compounds all increased the osteoblast proliferation, and compounds (1), (2) and (4) also slightly increased the osteoblastic ALP activity. Compounds (1), (2), (3), (6) and the ethanol extract decreased area of bone resorption pit, osteoclastic formation and TRAP activity. These results indicated that phenolic compounds are antiosteoporotic chemical constituents from Curculigo orchioides, and their activities are related with chemical structures.
      • Antiosteoporotic activity of phenolic compounds from Curculigo orchioides.  Lei Jiao, Da-Peng P. Cao, Lu-Ping P. Qin, Ting Han, Qiao-Yan Y. Zhang, Zheng Zhu, Fei Yan

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Doses of Kali Musali:
Powder: 3-6 gm

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