Nishoth is found in Africa, Australia and Tropical Asia and throughout the warmer parts. Within India it is found growing wild nearly throughout the country, ascending up to 900 m, also occasionally grown in gardens.
Trivrt is a large perennial twiner with milky juice and fleshy roots; the roots being fleshy, care is taken in drying as they decay easily; roots therefore cut into pieces and the cut portions are exposed to sun for a day or so, after which it is finally dried in shade.
Roots occur in pieces, 1.5-15 cm long, 1-5 cm dia., usually unbranded, cylindrical, elongated, bearing thin rootlets; thicker pieces, occasionally split and show central wood portion; surface dull grey, reddish-grey to light brown, showing deep furrows or longitudinal wrinkles giving a rope-like or columnar appearance; transversely cut surface shows thick, whitish bark and light yellow center; fracture in bark, short; in wood, fibrous; odor, indistinct; taste, slightly acrid and nauseating when kept in mouth for some time.
- Nishoth is useful in easy purgation.
- It helps in losing weight, worm infestation, infected wounds, ascites, leukoderma, fever, inflammation, anaemia, haemorrhoid, gout, bronchitis, pain in muscles, joints and in the chest.
- It is also used in early stage of liver disorders, disease of the spleen, Splenomegaly, useful in heart disorders, relieves bloating, piles , constipation, gas distension in abdomen.