Health Benefits & Medicinal Properties of Black Musli

Curculigo Orchioidesis the scientific or botanical name of the plant commonly called as Black Musli. It is a plant that belongs to the family of Amaryllidaceae. Its name in Chinese is Xian Mao and in other languages such as Curculigo, Golden Eye-Grass, Weevil-Wort, Nela Tengu, Neelathadi and many other names more.

Black Musli is a plant that native in different places—Indian Subcontinent, China, Nepal, Micronesia, Japan and Papuasia. But it also grows in other places like Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. As observed, Black Musli grows in temperate regions or places with sub-tropical climates. 

Black Musli is a just a tiny plant, approximately grows between 10 centimeters to 35 centimeters in height. It is said to be a deep-rooted plant. Also, it is a plant that is described to be perennial; meaning, they grow at any seasons or all throughout a year. Although, they can mostly be seen during the season where there is rain.

Black Musli is an herbal plant that literally be used from its roots up to the tip of its leaves. It is a herbal plant that is believed to have every part that is all of important value when it comes to the field of medicine. Although, it cannot be denied that its root is the most used and beneficial part of it.

Black Musli Other Names

Botanical Name: Curculigo Orchioides
English Name: Black Musli
Arabic name: Muralisyahoa
Afghani name: Sadamurali
Bengali name: Sadamurali, Talamali, Talura
Tamil Name: நிலப்பனைக் கிழங்கு / Nilapanai Kilangu
Hindi Name: काली मूसली, मुसलीकंद / Kali Mooslie, Muslikand
Malayalam Name: നിലപാനായി കിഴങ്ങു / Nilapanai Kilangu
Telugu Name: తాలమూలి / Nelamuli

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Physical descriptions of Black Musli Plant


Black Musli’s roots are laterally plump in appearance. The length of its roots are usually 4 inches long. Black Musli is called Talamuli in Hindi Language because its roots are said to have some resemblances when compared to the roots of Tala or Palm Trees. It has roots that are of tuberous and wrinkled appearance.

This plant has a rootstock that is said to be small, extended and elongated; it is said to grow between the length of five centimeters to 22 centimeters and is brownish in color. The rootstock has a few lateral roots that are stout, five centimeters or longer in length and has a dull white color.


Black Musli plants have leaves that are described to be sessile or others use the word petiolate; meaning, the leaves of this plant are attached directly to the base of the plant. Just like Black Musli’s roots, its leaves are also observed to have some resemblances to that of Tala or Palm Trees.

Black Musli’s leaves are eight inches to 18 inches in length and one inch to two inches wide. Its leaves are said to be lance-shaped with ridges on it.  It is also observed that Black Musli can either grow in both conditions when exposed to sunlight or when in a shady place. In fact, it is said that its leaves tend to grow a little bigger when in shade compared to those that are planted in places that are exposed to direct and full sunlight.


Black Musli’s flowers are star-shaped and bright golden-yellowish in color. The flowers of this plant usually grow to a diameter between half an inch and 0.75 inch.

Some say that flowers appear during the months of June to August while some say that flowering season is also between January and September. The flowers have stalks of one inch long.

Black Musli’s flowers are epigynous—meaning, they appear to arise and be on top of the plant. Its lower flowers are said to be bisexual and just a little bit bigger while the upper ones appear to be smaller and are staminate.

Medicinal Benefits of Black Musli’s Roots, Leaves and Flowers

Just like most of the herbs that are used to treat different diseases, Black Musli has so many medicinal benefits too. It can be beneficial to a lot of health issues—ranging from treating skin diseases to treating serious respiratory problems. Most, if not all, of its parts can be used as a supplement and support to help a person improve his or her health condition.

Black Musli is known to be one of the best treatments to several respiratory diseases such as cough and having trouble or difficulty in breathing due to the unwanted congestion or accumulation of phlegm.

Black Musli is also used in different skin diseases. Black Musli is also believed to improve a man’s conditions such as suffering from lack of sperm count, physical weakness, and lack of libido.Black Musli can also be used when a person experiences trouble and difficulty in micturating or urinating.

In the practice of Ayurvedic Medicine, Black Musli is proven to treat several gynecological diseases—gynecology is one of the branches of medicine that deals with the study of women, their hygiene, and their diseases. Some gynecological conditions that Black Musli can treat are Menorrhagia and Leucorrhoea. Menorrhagia is a condition when a woman experiences prolonged bleeding while Leucorrhoea is a condition that happens when a woman experiences unwanted discharge of whitish or yellowish thick fluid from her vagina.

There are some proprietary Ayurveda Medicines that are made from Black Musli. The first one is called Rathi Capsule and it is manufactured to increase a man’s sperm count, enhance spermatogenesis, and prevent degeneration of testicles. The second one is called Somna Tablet and it is manufactured for people who suffer from abnormal and irregular sleeping cycles. The third one is called Ashwamed Capsules and is manufactured for different issues about male’s sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

Black Musli is also proven to be effective in the prevention of neurotoxicity. It is believed to restore the body’s superoxide dismutase, glutathione and catalase back to their normal levels; and decrease the amount of malondialdehyde.

It is reputed to contain polyphenols and flavonoids. Well, to give a simpler explanation. The balance and presence of these chemicals are believed to execute neuro-protective effects to people. Black Musli, as mentioned above, was proven by studies to increase a man’s testosterone level. It was observed during and after the studies that the intake of Black Musli was helpful for improving men’s attraction towards women and penile erection.

Besides having the ability to improve one’s health internally, Black Musli is also widely known to treat the body externally. It is considered as one of the best herbs to treat several skin diseases and some minor skin problems such as having pimples, having acne, having rashes and itching.

It also helps in treating some respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma and cough. Some of the diseases it can also treat are digestive problems like vomiting.

As observed, Black Musli never runs out of ways to surprise the researchers. Because besides all the disorders and diseases mentioned above, it still has a lot of benefits and positive effects.

As if all the benefits listed above were not enough, Black Musli has still have a lot more to offer. Black Musli is also believed to treat Flatulence, Heartburn, Biliousness, Jaundice, Back Pain, Joint Pain, Eye Infections, Conjunctivitis, Gonorrhea, Gleet, Hydrophobia, Diarrhea, Blood Disorders, Lumbago and Liver Disorders.

Properties of Black Musli 

Black Musli has different properties that are back by science. These properties are what it an effective herbal for treating different types of diseases and disorders. Here are some properties of it and a little description about what they do to a person’s body:


One of the properties of Black Musli is being aphrodisiac. Herbals that are considered to have aphrodisiac properties are commonly known as sexual desires stimulant. It is a property that helps boost a person’s libido. There are a lot of pharmaceutical drugs out there that have aphrodisiac properties, but there are some side effects for using it. It is still better to stick to the natural ways like consuming herbals.

Usually aphrodisiac foods or drugs improves the sexual performance of person; thus, increasing the sexual pleasure that a person feels during sex. It is also proven to arouse the sexual instincts and desire of a person. Besides Black Musli, some of the best aphrodisiac herbs out there are Pistachio Nuts, Red Ginseng, Saffron, Fenugreek, Ginkgo Biloba, Tribulus and Maca.

Appetite Stimulant / Fattening

Some foods or medicines are considered to have properties that are appetite stimulant, or another term used for it is orexigenic. Black Musli is considered to be one of the best natural appetite stimulants. Sometimes, having orexigenic properties is an unwanted side effect of different drugs because it promotes gain weight. But it is beneficial for some too, especially those who lose weight due to anorexia, cancer and many more.

Orexigenic foods and pharmaceutical drugs are said to increase a person’s hunger causing him or her to consume more food. Some of things that are considered to be orexigenic are sugar and beverages with alcohol content in it.

Fattening products, foods or medicines are those responsible for a person’s weight gain. Being an appetite stimulant is different than being a fattening. But for this case, these two properties do work along very well for people who need to gain weight and nutrients in the body.

Also Read: List of Superfoods to Gain Weight

Uterine Stimulant

Foods, pharmaceutical drugs and other things that are considered to be uterine stimulants are helpful when a woman needs to have her uterus contracted. For instance, these drugs are used to induce or start labor for a pregnant woman who is supposed to be laboring but is not. The uterine stimulants can also be called uterotonics and oxytocic—well, Black Musli is considered as a uterine stimulant too.

Antipyretic / Antifebrile / Febrifuge

From the words anti and pyretic—anti meaning against and pyretic meaning feverish. Foods and pharmaceutical drugs with antipyretic properties are used to lower a person’s body temperature; thus, reduce the fever. Because of antipyretics, the hypothalamus is caused to override and dominate the increase in temperature. Then, the body will work to lower the temperature and will result to a reduction of a person’s fever.

Also Read: Incredible Herbs to Cure Fever


Alterative foods or medicines are what cause some processes within the body to change. For instance, when a disease or an ailment is being developed by harmful substances in a person’s body, the alterative properties of a food or drug can alter the development in the favor of the person’s health.

Antiepileptic / Anticonvulsant

Medicines and foods that are considered to be anticonvulsant are those that are used as a treatment for people who suffer from epileptic seizures.

That is why it is also called antiepileptic. Anticonvulsants are also beneficial in treating other disorders regarding the nervous system—it can be used as a mood stabilizer for people who have bipolar disorders and many more.

Anticancer / Antineoplastic

Anticancer are those pharmaceutical drugs or food used to fight against cancer while antineoplastic are those that are used to prevent the development of a neoplasm—neoplasm is basically a tumor. These two properties are almost of the same goal for the body and a plenty of natural herbs in the world are said to have these two.

There are a lot of types of cancer all over the world, and Black Musli is considered as one of those natural sources that people have to fight those types of cancers due to its anticancer properties. According to studies and researches conducted, cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer, blood cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer and many more can be treated and prevented by the use of herbal plants that have anticancer properties in them.

Together with Black Musli, some of the other available plants that have anticancer properties are Turmeric (Curcuma Longa), Dhamasa (Fagonia Indica), Kokum (Garcinia Indica), Sheshecao (Hedyotis Diffusa), Mulberry (Morus Alba), Chinese Bellflower (Platycodon Grandifloras), Armenian Plum (Prunus Armeniaca), Skullcap (Scutellaria Barbata), Beefsteak Plant (Perilla Frutescens) and many more.

Also Read: 10 Best Herbs to Treat Cancer

Anti-inflammatory and Demulcent

One of the properties of Black Musli is being an effective anti-inflammatory. Anti-inflammatory foods and medicines are proven to reduce swelling or inflammation, relieve pain and treat a person’s fever.

Demulcent properties have pretty much the same effect as anti-inflammatory since it just causes reducing the irritation and inflammation that a person feels.

Also Read: Herbs For Inflammation


As mentioned above, Black Musli is used to treat people with urinary problems. One of it is by helping a person who suffers from painful micturating to urinate smoothly. Well, diuretic is property that causes a person’s body to excrete more urine; thus, excreting more excess salt, toxin (AMA) and water from the body.

Another good benefit of consuming diuretics such as Black Musli is that it helps in preventing liver cirrhosis, kidney diseases, heart failure, hypertension and many other complications from further developing.


One of the best treatments that are used for nervous system problems are foods and drugs that have sedative properties. It is believed that sedatives are those products that make a person feel more relaxed by slowing down the activities on his or her brain. Sedatives are also one of the best options when treating sleeping disorders and anxiety. Black Musli is one of those plants that are considered to have sedative properties.


Medicines that are said to be tonic are those that improve and restores a person’s health. These are the things that make a person feel good—usually helps him or her to be in better shape. Well, it is not a surprise that Black Musli is one those things that have tonic properties.


Just like medicines with sedative properties, this type of property helps in calming the nerves of a person too.


Medicines that are considered to have hypoglycemic properties are believed and proven to lower the level of blood sugar in a person’s body.

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This type of property is what causes the male sex characteristics to be developed.

There are still a lot of medicinal benefits that Black Musli has, but these are just some of the properties that is possesses. By knowing its properties, it can be understood why it has so many benefits to the field of medicine.

Black Musli – Ayurvedic properties

Black Musli is an aphrodisiac herb which enhance vigor. It also has anti aging properties, causes cell and tissue rejuvenation. Musli aids in improving weight, treats burning sensation, neuropathy, and burning sensation in eyes. It treats high Pitta related disorders like gastritis and hyper acidity.

Rasa (Taste): Madhura (Sweet), Tikta (Bitter)
Guna (Qualities): Guru (Heavy), Snigdha (Slimy)
Veerya (Potency): Ushna (Hot)
Vipaka (Post-digesion effect): Madhura (Sweet)
Karma (Pharmacological activity): Calms Vata, Pitta

How to Use Black Musli in Treating Diseases

Here are some of the basic guides that people can use if they are suffering from some of the diseases mentioned above. The advisable dosages and the advisable form of Black Musli, be it in the form of supplements, teas, decoction or paste and many more, to be prepared and taken for the positive effects and benefits to health. Here are some of the ways on how to use the beneficial herbal plant:

For Respiratory System

For respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma, cough and many other diseases mentioned above that are related, it is advisable to make a decoction using the leaves of Black Musli. It is also of best effects to drink it everyday with a dosage of 30 milliliters.

There is also another way of using Black Musli as a treatment for respiratory problems—some people burn Black Musli’s roots and inhale it for curing ailments such as cough and asthma.

It is believed that people can use Black Musli together with other herbal treatments for a faster recovery—neither does it interfere with the effects of other herbal plants nor does it lose its benefits when used together with other treatments. Black Musli is truly convenient to use for people.

Also Read: Best Herbs for Lung and Respiratory

For Digestive System

For flatulence, heartburn and digestive problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, vomiting and many other health issues mentioned above, it is advisable to prepare 3 grams of Black Musli and mix it with milk. It is believed to help in such problems when it is taken once in one day.

Also, Black Musli is believed to treat Jaundice. Jaundice is a condition that happens when a person’s eyes and skin turn into yellowish in color due to problems related to liver. To treat Jaundice, 5 grams of crushed roots of Black Musli can be mixed with milk. It is advisable to take it once in a day.

Also Read: Herbs for Digestion system

For Excretory System

It was not mentioned above that the intake of Black Musli is believed to boost and improve the resistance of a person’s urinary system, it prevents infections from happening. It is also diuretic. Meaning to say, it promotes the excretion of more urine; thus, excreting more excess salt, water and toxins from the body. For urinary problems such as Dysuria, it is advisable to mix 3 grams of Black Musli’s powdered roots to a glass of warm milk. One glass of this milk and powdered root mixture is enough for one day and can be taken any time of the day.

Also, for urinary problems, a cold infusion may be prepared as another option to treat them. This cold infusion should be prepared from the roots of Black Musli and should be taken everyday with an advisable dosage of 30 milliliters to 40 milliliters.

For Skin problems

Black Musli is known to be one of the most effective medicinal herbs for so many diseases and disorders, but it still has a lot more of benefits than that. As mentioned above, even skin issues like pimple, acne, rashes and many more. For skin problems, Black Musli can be used as the main ingredients to a paste. Its roots are crushed and powdered in order to form the paste; and the paste created will be the treatment to be applied to the skin issues.

Another way of using Black Musli is by mixing it with goat’s milk and honey. This mixture is usually done for people who like to have better skin complexion. To have a face that is glowing, there are also some ready to use face packs available at stores to be applied on the face. When Hyperpigmentation on a person’s skin is present, an option to consider is to just prepare a mixture of Black Musli’s paste and goat’s milk and apply it on the part of skin that needs to be treated.

Also Read: Best Herbs for Skin

For Reproductive System

As mentioned in the previous parts of the article, Black Musli is truly proven to be of extreme help for men who suffer from problems regarding their reproductive organs. But it is mentioned above that Black Musli is effective as a support for women who suffer from different diseases such as Leucorrhoea and Menorrhagia. Both genders can make use of the benefits that Black Musli offers.

One of the ways to treat Libido Loss in men is by making a mixture of 250 grams of Black Musli’s powdered roots and 50 milliliters of honey, then take two quarter teaspoons in one day. In a span of one to two weeks, positive results will be felt.

Also Read: Best Herbs to Boost Libido

To treat Premature Ejaculation and Impotence, mix equal amounts of powdered herbs including Ashwagandha, Shatavari and, of course, Black Musli, then take a dosage of five grams to 10 grams of this mixed powder together with cow’s milk two times in one day for not less than one month.

To increase sperm count, treat impotence and treat loss of stamina, take five grams to 10 grams of powdered Black Musli once in a day. To treat sexual debility, there are many ways of using Black Musli. Here are two of them: the first one is to drink one teaspoon to two teaspoons of fresh juice from the roots of Black Musli while the second way is to take five grams together with milk daily for not less than a month.

One way of taking Black Musli as a treatment for different women’s diseases such as Leucorrhoea is by mixing five grams of powdered roots with jaggery, then taking it two times in one day. To experience some evident results, this way must be done in a minimum of three to four consecutive days.


Due to its wide variety of medicinal benefits, Black Musli is one of the best-known herbal plants to ever exist in the world. It has a lot of properties that surely help a person toward having a healthier and livelier life.

But, just a reminder that before deciding to include supplements to the proper medication, it is best to consult a doctor first. Some medicines work differently for some people, it is best to make sure that consuming herbal plants will do a person good and not cause more harm.

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