Botanical Name: Lycopodium clavatum (powder)
Common Name: Naagbeli
English Name: Lycopodium, Common Clubmoss
Parts Used: Whole Plant
Habit and Habitat: India, Bhutan
Description: Evergreen, creeping, prostrate, horizontally branching, perennial clubmoss. Leaves many ranked, crowded, linear, owl-shaped. Spikes elongated, sporophylls deltoid, ovate, acuminate and bristle tipped.
Uses: Plant is diuretic, antispasmodic; its decoction is used against cough, rheumatism and diseases of lungs and kidneys; also used in indigestion as a grastric sedative, dyspepsia; crystitis, rheumatism, muscular cramps, syphilis and in eye troubles.
References: A compendium of Medicinal Plants in Nepal by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi (October’ 2006)