Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus)
Hemidesmus indicus is a slender, twining semi-erect shrub that belongs to the Asclepiadaceae family. It is commonly known as sariva, anantamul or sarsaparilla. It is found in the tropical and subtropical regions of India. Sariva has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for many years. It is used in the treatment of conditions like skin disorders, diarrhea, dysentery, eye diseases, syphilis, leukoderma, dyspepsia, chronic fever, leprosy, asthma, and others.
Studies have shown this herb to have the following actions:-
Anti-tyrosinase activity : Sariva lightens hyperpigmentation spots and regulates melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase enzyme.