I am looking for the plant root that when chewed gives a numbing effect much like novacaine. Please Help.

  • The plant you are describing is snake root; more precisely it is Indian snake root. It is also called as Rauwolfia serpentina in botany.
  • The main function is of the alkaloid reserpine that helps to reduce heart rate, normalize high blood pressure and also sedate.
  • It is chewed by native Indians to get tranquilizing effect. Also used by some people to meditate.
  • It's very important to take it in minimal quantities, after proper consultation as it may occasionally lead to psychotic depression and suicidal disposition in people having certain mental illnesses.

answered by D M K

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