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Kutki

Scientific name of Kutki: Picrorhiza Kurrooa 

Name of Kutki in different languages:

Hindi: Kardi,  Karu, Karwi 

Sanskrit: Anjani, Arishta, कटम्भरा Katumbhara

Tamil: Acokarokini, Akutam, Akutarokini, Amakkini

Malayalam: Kadukarohini കടുകരോഹിണി

Plant description:

Kutki is a perennial herb mostly found in the high altitude of Himalaya, leaves are 5 to 15 cm long, all at the base, coarsely toothed. Rhizomes are 15 to 25 cm long and woody, flowers are small, purplish-blue, born in cylindrical spikes from erect stems, about 8 mm long, Five-lobed with longer stamens, fruits are 1.5 cm long.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Cuneate Margin-Serrated Venation-Reticulated
 Cuneate-wedge-shaped  Margin_Serrated--Forward-teething  Recticulate

 

Useful plant parts:

Seeds, oil

Medicinal uses:

To treat digestive disorders, asthma, liver damage, wound healing, vitiligo and Antimalarial.

Chemical content:

Kutkin, Kutakoside, C-9 iridoid glycosides, Picroside I

How to prepare medicines:

An equal part of kutki rhizome (dried), licorice, raisins, neem bark is a remedy for bilious fever.

Kutki is the one of the ingredients in preparation of the Ayurveda medicines like:

Amritharishtam Lodhrasavam Rasnadi Choornam
Baladhatryadi Thailam Madana Kameswari Lehyam Shaddarana Choornam
Brahmi Drakshadi Kashayam Maha Laxadi Tailm Thriphaladi Gulika
Chandanadi kashayam Mahatiktam kashayam Tiktakam Kashayam
Chandanadi varthi Manjishtadi Thailam Trishul Tablet
Chandanbala Laxadi Oil Neelimooladi Gutika Vachadi Thailam
Devadarvyarishtam Nimbamrithasavam Vasaguluchyadi Kashayam
Herbollin Tablet Prabhanjana Vimardanam Thailam Virechana Gulika
Kumaryasavam Prameha Mihira Taila  
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