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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
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.
Useful plant parts:
To treat digestive disorders, asthma, liver damage, wound healing, vitiligo and Antimalarial.
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.