Ayurveda – Katuki herb and it’s medical importance
Several Ayurvedic formulas against asthma use kaktuki as the main herb. It is also known to have a tonic action on the body. Thus katuki is an excellent liver tonic, anti asthmatic and immune system regulator.
Hindi Name- Kutki, Katuka
Telugu Name- Katuka Rohini
Bengali Name- Katuki, Katki
Tamil Name- Katukarogini, Kadugurohini,
Malayalam name – Kadugurohini
English Name- Picrorrhiza
Punjabi Name- Kaundd, Kaud
Marathi Name- Kali Katuki, Bala Kadu
Gujarati Name- Kadu
Arab and Farsi name – Kharabake
being coolant, useful in bleeding disorders such as menorrhagia, nasal bleeding etc.– relieves burning sensation (as in case of diabetic neuropathy)
– useful in anorexia
– useful in chronic recurrent fever– piercing, causes purgation / diarrhea– improves digestion and metabolism
– good for heart– useful in fever of Kapha and Pitta origin.– useful in urinary tract disorders, diabetes
– useful in asthma, dyspnoea,
– useful in cough, cold,
– useful in skin disorders
Orally, it is used in the treatment of Vitiligo, jaundice, hepatitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
It acts as a potent liver stimulant. In higher doses, it acts as purgative.
It is very useful in relieving intestinal worm infestation
It is useful in weight loss treatment.
Useful in restoration of liver functions after alcohol toxicity.
In Charaka Samhita, such preparations are prescribed for: intestinal worms, skin disorders, blood disease, cough, snake poisoning, throat disorders, and elimination in unctuous persons. In Sushruta Samhita, theses complex preparations are prescribed for: wound healing, urustambha, skin diseases, leukoderma, for wound cleaning and healing, Kaphaja elephantiasis, dental sinusis several diseases due to vitiated pitta, as enema, poisonous insect bite, common cold due to Tridosha, fever caused by Kapha and Pitta, dyspepsia, chronic fever, headache, abdominal swellings, abdominal enlargements, jaundice and consumptive cough with fever and pain.