Herb-Salab Punja

Salab Punja
(Dactylorhiza hatagirea)

Part Used: Bulb, root


D. hatagirea is the terrestrial orchid occurs in temperate to alpine regions (2500-5000 m) in India, Pakistan and Nepal (Bhatt et al. 2005). It is commonly known as Hatajari in Uttarakhand and Salampanja in Kasmir.
New York Science Journal 2010:3(2)


Dactylorhiza hatagirea belongs to the family Orchidaceae. The plant is native and near endemic to Indian Himalayan region. D. hatagirea has been categorized as critically endangered.
Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 6(19), pp. 3522-3524, 23 May, 2012

The miraculous herbs used in Ayurveda are widely acclaimed as a safe and effective cure for many non surgical body ailments. Some of such wonderful herbal drugs belong to the family Orchidaceae. Dactylorhiza hatagirea is one of the high value medicinal orchid extensively used in Indian system of medicine particularly in Ayureveda, Siddha and Unani medicine as an aphrodisiac properties.

Dactylorhiza hatagirea is one of the highest valued medicinal orchids extensively used in Ayurveda. The tubers of this species yield high quality “Selep” which is used extensively for its aphrodisiac properties and sexual stimulant in traditional medicine in different parts of Himalaya. Apart from this, the tuber is used as farinaceous food and nerve tonic. The paste is also considered nutritive and used in treating weakness in children and women. Root powder is spread on wounds to control bleeding.
New York Science Journal 2010:3(2)

Mechanism of Action:

Pharmacological Actions:

Sexual Dysfunction – D. hatagirea helps in improving and preventing the functionality of sexual organ and may be helpful in improving the sexual behavior and performance. This also increases the testosterone level which increases sexual desire and arousability.

Cell Growth – This herb promotes anabolic effect which causes cell growth. This helps in gaining body and organ weights or making oneself strong.

Mayank Thakur and V. K. Dixit, eCAM 2007;4(S1)29–31; doi:10.1093/ecam/nem111

Clinical Studies:

D. hatagirea is a type of orchid plant which is popular for its medicinal properties. This is very well known to possess aphrodisiac property, increases testosterone levels and therefore it is used in the treatment of various sexual disorders. Also it is known to enhance strength or power due to its anabolic effect or it helps in cell growth.