Turpeth plant - Operculina Turpethum (Convolvulaceae)

Medicinal Use of Turpeth – Operculina Turpethum (Convolvulaceae)


Twining climber with white tuberous roots, hairy, oval leaves, white funnel-shaped flowers, and round fruit.

Habitat & Cultivation

Native to tropical India, turpeth is now found in tropical regions around the world. The root is unearthed throughout the year.

Part Used



Turpeth root contains turpethin resin (approximately 4%) and a volatile oil.

History & Folklore

Turpeth has been used for several thousand years as a purgative in Ayurvedic medicine.

Medicinal Actions & Uses

Turpeth root is chiefly used in small doses to clear the bowels. It is sometimes known as “Indian jalap,” and is used in much the same way as this plant (Ipomoea purga), though its action is slower and less drastic. In Ayurvedic medicine, turpeth is prescribed with picrorrhiza (Picrorrhiza kurroa) to treat jaundice.


Take only under professional supervision. Do not take during pregnancy.