Sudarshana (Crinum latifolium)

The genus Crinum contains over 180 species that belong to a family of beautiful perennial plants. They are also known by other names, such as Spider lilies, Trumpet lilies, Swamp lilies, and so forth, and are useful for gardening, bouquets, and décor. Basically, crinum is a tropical plant that grows throughout Asia, South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, Florida, and Louisiana.

Crinum Latifolium is referred to as "Sudarshana" or Sukhdarshan in Ayurveda. It indicates that simply by gazing upon it, it bestows upon you happiness and serenity. 5000 BC is when Ayurvedic literature first appeared, and Sushruta mentions Crinum defixum (Kandali). This plant is mostly used in Ayurveda medicine to treat painful swellings, mysterious fevers, poisoning, and skin conditions.


Large green leaves measuring 2-4 inches in length and 3–4 inches in breadth are found on a tiny plant that can grow up to 3 feet. It grows across India.

The flowers are stunning; they are pinkish-white in hue. The sturdy flowering stems measure roughly 2-3 mm in height.

There are eight to ten seeds inside the spherical, 2-3 inch diameter fruits.

  • Latin Name – Crinum Latifolium
  • Family – Amarylidaceae
  • Habitat – South Asia, South East Asia, Caribbean countries, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Louisiana, Australia, Fiji, Philippines, Florida and other tropical countries.

Sanskrit Synonyms - Madhuparnika, Chakravaha, Somvalli

Other Sanskrit Synonyms of Sudarshan

  • Nagdaman – The large, broad leaves resemble the hood of a snake.
  • Medhi - It enhances memory.
  • Rakt Pushpi – Sudarshana, or Pink Striped trumpet lily, is another English name for Crinum latifolium. The flowers of Crinum asiaticum are white.
  • Ratnamala – Due to the lovely flowers that emerge in a circular arrangement from the umbel
  • Vishamandal - Because the juice of the leaves (10–20 ml dosage) can be used as a purgative and emetic to eliminate poison that has been swallowed.
  • Vritt Pushpa – Because of the circular growth structure of the flowers.
  • Kandali – Crinum defixum was described as this plant by Sushruta.
  • Jambu – The fruit is similar to jambu fruit, also known as jamun or Java apple. The fruit resembles an onion bulb as well.
  • Dudarshana – Due to the unpleasant odor of the crushed fruit, it is also known as Dudarshan.
  • Chakravaha – because the flowers are arranged in a circle and grow on umbels.
  • Madhuparnika – The leaves have a bittersweet flavor.

English Names of Sudarshana

Spider Lily for Crinum asiaticum, Wide Leaved Pink Striped Trumpet Lily.

Names in Other Languages

  • Hindi Names – Kunwal, Pindar, Barakanwar, Chinder, Kanwar.
  • Urdu Name – Nagdaun
  • Marathi Name  – Gadambi Kanda
  • Bengali Name – Sukha Darshana, Gaerhonar Patta, Bada Kanod
  • Kannada Name – Sudarshana, Visha Mungli
  • Tamil Name – Vishamungil, Perumanarivingaayam, Visha Pungil
  • Telugu Name – Kesara Chettu
  • Philippines Name – Lirio

Ayurvedic Properties


Hindi / Sanskrit


Rasa (Taste)

Madhur, Tikta

Sweet, Bitter

Guna (Physical Property)

Ruksha, Tikshana

Dry, Sharp

Virya (Potency)



Vipaka (Post-Digestive Taste)



Part Used

  1. Leaves
  2. Root

Leaves Juice

10–15 ml is a strong purgative and emetic in the event of poisoning. (Removing juice from leaves is simpler when they are slightly heated.)

Usage - External application.

Benefits and Uses of Sudarshana Leaves Juice

  1. Ear Infections – Three to five drops of the leaf juice should be injected twice or three times a day if you have earache, edema, or acne inside your ears. Crush herbs such as ferula narthex (Asafoetida or Hing), ginger, basil (Tulsi), turmeric, garlic, onion, and the leaves of Sudarshan, Neem, and other plants to make an oil. (Boil all the herbs in water; drain the mixture until 1/4 of the decoction remains) and combine it with an equal amount of oil. Bring the oil and decoction to a boil until all the water evaporates, leaving behind a potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving oil that I, Dr. Vikram Chauhan, have termed "Sudarshana Oil" while writing this essay. For joint pain, the same oil can be applied as an anti-inflammatory.
  2. Lice and other parasites (Scabies) – The leaf juice has powerful anti-scabies and anti-lice properties. You can use it on dandruff by combining it with lemon juice.
  3. Painful joints – The leaves can be tied over swellings in cases of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory joints. In the event of osteoarthritis, the juice from the leaves can be combined with castor oil and applied to the inflamed joints. For sore joints, an equal amount of the aforementioned "Sudarshana Oil" can be used with castor oil. You can also combine equal amounts of Planet Ayurveda Orthovita Oil with the oils described above.
  4. To cook and extract painful pustules or furuncles (Baaltod), tie the leaves over the affected area. This will open the pores and allow pus to seep out, relieving the discomfort.
  5. It is possible to dry, burn, and apply the ash from the leaves to painful pile masses. This will assist in reducing the piles mass's pain and swelling. It can be used in conjunction with the Planet Ayurvedic Piles Care Pack. The rhizome (2–3 grams), along with coconut oil, can be placed directly onto the mass of the pile.
  6. In smaller quantities –To kill the worms in the abdomen, 2 milliliters of juice should be consumed daily. In one trial, it was shown to be more effective than albendazole.
  7. The juice of Sudarshana leaves works wonders for skin problems including eczema and fungal diseases like Pityriasis versicolor and ringworm, among others.
  8. You can apply the juice of Crinum latifolium leaves to your skin and use it as a mosquito repellent by mixing it with an equal amount of aloe vera. Crinum leaf juice is generally healthy for the skin, but it can occasionally irritate it; for this reason, combine it with aloe vera.
  9. Poisoning – When a poisoning occurs through ingestion, 10 to 15 milliliters of leaf juice from Crinium latifolium or Crinum asiaticum are used to cause vomiting and purging. This causes instant vomiting, aids in the poison's removal from the body, and keeps it from entering it.

Benefits and Uses of Sudarshana Root Extract

To get the benefits, 500 mg of the rhizome extract of Crinium latifolium is taken internally 2 to 4 times a day.

  1. Swellings and inflammation - The capsules manufactured from Crinum latifolium root extract have been shown to be particularly effective in treating painful swellings, joint inflammations, lymph node swellings (Kapha-Vata diseases: all disorders involving the lymph glands), and swellings associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. Prostate inflammation or enlargement – Crinum latifolium rhizome extract is an excellent treatment for any growth in the body.
  3. Menopause – The extract from the rhizome of Crinum is also helpful in regulating hormone imbalances and lessens edema and water retention in the body. It helps in the management of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes.
  4. Fevers - In Ayurveda, the primary plant used to lower fevers is called sudarshana. The Sudarshana extract works wonders for fevers of unknown cause. Ayurvedic physicians utilize a well-known herbal remedy known as "Sudarshana Ghan Vati," often referred to as "Sudarshan Kwath," to treat fever and malaise in any situation.
  5. Pain Relief - Capsules or tablets containing Sudarshan Extract or Kwath (Decoction) assist alleviate discomfort associated with Vata Imbalance, including bone pain and other aches, malaise, myalgia, and fever of unclear etiology. Kalmegh (Indian Echinacea) capsules and Amritarishta or Giloy water extract capsules can be used with Sudarshan Kwath. Together, these can help reduce the temperature, malaise, and accompanying lethargy.
  6. Treatment for recurrent E. Coli infections with Sudarshana Kwath or Sudarshana Ghan vati also works quite well. Nonetheless, I am treating recurrent E. Coli infections with Varunadi Vati, Chandanadi Vati, Rencure formula, Mutrakrichantak Churna, and similar herbs.

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