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.
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.