Salacia Reticulata is a climbing shrub with blackish branches. It has Salanisol as active principle for diabetic treatment. Yet another Ayurvedic herb holds great promise for management of weight and blood sugar issues. Salacia Reticulata is a large, woody climber found in the rain forests of Sri Lanka and parts of western India. The roots are acrid, bitter, Thermogenic, urinary astringent, anodyne, anti- inflammatory, depurative, vulnerary, liver tonic and stomachic.
Its principal use in traditional, Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of diabetes is near legendary. It was believed to be so potent that patients were told to simply drink water left to sit overnight in a cup made from the wood of the plant The hard root of this plant is typically used in the extraction part. It is distinct by yellow outer layer that may be mistaken for stem / bark. Though the plant has quality actives in its stem, the finest source of saponins are from its roots.
The root has to be put through fine milling to ensure proper extraction and the roots are extracted in the desired medium of extraction and finds application in vitiated conditions of Vatha, diabetes, haemorrhoids, inflammations, leucorrhoea, leprosy, skin diseases, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, wounds, ulcers, hyperhidrosis, hepatopathy, dyspepsia, flatulence, colic and spermatorrhoea.
Salacia Reticulata contains Salaretin and mangiferin which reduces the sugar level and protect the body from any secondary side effect of Diabetes.. Yet, until only recently the antidiabetic effect of Salacia remained a mystery.
Salacia reticulata has been reported to possess potent anti-diabetic activity in animal models. In addition, other mechanisms such as increased insulin sensitivity, aldose reductase inhibition etc., are also exhibited by components of Salacia reticulata. The plant is also reported to possess anti-obesity, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective and anti-oxidant properties.