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Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Ingredient at Sahana Spa, Saman Villas, Aturuwella, Bentota, Sri Lanka. Menispermaceae (English name), also known as Weniwel (Sri Lankan name) is ground into powder and mixed into soaps in creams for its medicinal effect, as it helps alleviate skin conditions. It is also sometimes boiled in water and made into a a hot drink to help alleviate internal pains, like joint ailments. Weniwel purifies the blood and is good for the vatta dosha.