The herb Kiratatikta which is explained in Ayurveda is Swertia Chirata, also known as Chirayata or Chiretta in India. It is useful in ayurvedic treatments for diabetes, weight loss, PCOS or PCOD, Psoriasis and Acne
It is known by other name Nepali Neem as it is abundant in Nepal. This is an annual herb and grows well all over India. It reaches a height of about 1.5 meters.
Ayurveda Medicinal Uses and Benefits of Chirata
Texts of Ayurveda explain pharmacological and medicinal properties of this herb as follows.
Stem, leaves, fruits, seeds and flowers are used for medicinal purpose. Kiratatikta or chirata or chirayata or chiretta is very bitter to taste. It is light to digest and has hot potency. Due to these qualities it is very effective in following conditions.
Action on Doshas:
It normalises all three doshas. (Vata, pitta and kapha)
This herb helps to reduce inflammation in body. It relieves body pain and reduces body temperature. Hence it is widely used in all inflammatory conditions like joint pain, muscular pain and fever.
Chirata Benefits in Diabetes
Due to its bitterness and hot potency Chirata lowers the blood sugar level and increases the sensitivity of cells to insulin. Hence it is recommended in madhu meha or diabetes.
Sets right Digestion:
It normalises appetite, reduces food craving and prevents indigestion.
Chirata Helps in Weight Loss:
Effective in acne and pimple:
Chiretta is praised as skin friendly herb. It purifies blood and reduces eruption of acne and pimple. It boosts immunity and health of skin.
Chirata for Psoriasis
Chirata helps to reduce pitta and soothe inflamed skin in psoriasis. It detoxifies liver and enhances skin health.
Increases body strength:
Ayurveda acharyas eulogise this herb for its properties of energy and strength boosting.
Chirata for PCOS or PCOD
Since chirata improves sensitivity of cells to insulin it is recommended in PCOS or PCOD. It also helps in weight loss and reduction of acne which are main symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Keeping all the above medicinal properties in view our doctors at MOOLIKA AYURVEDA have added this herb in PCORID Capsules which are an ayurvedic treatment for PCOS. PCORID when consumed along with UTONORM capsules for three months help to reduce PCOS and boost fertility in women.
Apart from these this herb can be used in diabetes. It is a known fact that men with diabetes suffer from erectile dysfunction (Check Diabetes Vajikarana Therapy) . Kiratatikta helps to bring down blood sugar level and also reduces inflammation of tissues which occur due to diabetes.
Chiretta is a very good anti-helmenthic.
It helps to eliminate intestinal parasites and also acts as an anti-microbial in fungal infections of skin.
Eliminates Lung Congestion and reduces Cough:
This herb is very useful in chronic lung congestion and cough. It acts as a mucolytic and helps in expectoration of mucus from lungs. It relieves bronchitis and eases the process of respiration.
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