Kutki कुटकी (Picrorhiza Kurroa)

 
 
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Habitat:

                   Picrorhiza Kurroa is found in many parts in India.

Description:

Leaves 5–15 cm long leaves, almost all at the base, often withered. Leaves are coarsely toothed, narrowed to a winged stalk. Rhizomes of the plant are 15–25 cm long and woody. Flowers: small, pale or purplish blue, borne in cylindric spikes, spikes borne on almost leafless erect stems.

Medicinal Uses:

In Ayurveda, Picrorhiza Kurroa herb is called Kutki. It is an important medicinal herb in Ayurveda medicines. The roots of the plant are used as a medicine. It is rich in various chemical compounds such as picrorhizin, kitkin, D-mannitol, glycosides, cucurbitacin, kutkisterol, steroids and vanillic acid. Picrorhiza kurroa is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. It reduces platelet aggregation. Its has cathartic, antiperiodic and antibacterial actions. It is also considered to be anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, bitter tonic, anticholestatic, hepatoprotective and an ntioxidant.

Picrorhiza herb is used for treatment of liver cirrhosis. Powdered roots are mixed with equal quantity of honey taken for its cure three times a day.

This herb is used for cure of ascites (a health condition in which fluid accumulates in the peritoneal cavity of the abdomen).
It is one of the important herb for jaundice treatment which is given along with turpeth herb.
It is also used for cure of dyspepsia and promotes stomach actions and provides strength.

Picrorhiza is used for constipation cure which also helps bowel movements.