Karkata Srngi also known as Crabs claw is found through out India. The herb is useful in treating many diseases. Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb in conditions like Cough (Kasa) Respiratory disorders (Swasa) Insanity (Unmada) etc as the herb alleviates Vata Kapha doshas. The main causative factor for Kasa and Swasa are vitiation of these two doshas. Modern researches shows that the herb can be used as an astringent , tonic and expectorant agent as it contains Phytoconstituents like tannins, camphene etc .
General aspects and Geography
Botanical name : Pistacia integerrima
Family : Anacardiaceae
Habitat: Found through out India
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks
Charaka Samhita – Kasahara varga (alleviates Cough )
Susruta Samhita – Kakolyadi gana
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
- Rocaka (Appetizer )
- Kasahara (Alleviate cough )
- Chardihara (Alleviate vomiting )
- Vomiting (Chardi) – Powder of Karkata Srngi is mixed with honey and is taken internally to alleviate Vomiting.
- Cough (Kasa)- Powder prepared from the herb is licked with sesame oil.
Powder (Churna) – 1-3 g
Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor
Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor.
- Srngi guda
- Srngyadi churna
A glabrous tree with lanceolate leaves. Inflorescence is panicle. Flowers are red. Fruits are drupe.
Vernacular names of Karkata Srngi
English – crabs claw
Hindi- kakra srngi
Malayalam – karkata sringi
Sanskrit -karkata srngi
Rasa- Kashaya (Astringent )
Guna- Laghu (Light)
Vipaka- Katu (Acrid )
Virya- Ushna (hot)
शृङ्गी कषाया तिक्तोष्णा कफवातक्षयज्वरान् ।
श्वासोर्ध्ववाततृट् कासहिक्काऽरुचिर्वमीन्हरेत् ।।
(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Haritakyadi varga-shloka 179)
Karkata Srngi alleviate Vata Kapha doshas because of it’s properties like hot potency and acrid taste. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr.Varun Ram Raj, uses the herb Karkata Srngi in treating diseases caused by the vitiation of Vata and Kapha doshas like Cough, Vomiting etc. Ayurvedatarian is currently conducting more researches on the herb to fully exploit it’s medicinal values and to prepare new combinations for the alleviation of commonly found diseases.
Frequently asked Questions
- What are the uses of Srngi churna ?
According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Srngi churna can be used to alleviate Respiratory disorders.
- What is the Dosage of Sringi churna ?
Srngi churna can be taken at a dose of 1-3g.