Karnataka Srngi

  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


Parts used

  • Galls


Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Kasahara varga (alleviates Cough )

Susruta Samhita – Kakolyadi gana


Pharmacological action

  • Expectorant 
  • Stimulant 
  • Tonic 
  • Astringent 

 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda


  • Rocaka (Appetizer )
  • Kasahara (Alleviate cough )
  • Chardihara (Alleviate vomiting )



Therapeutic indications

  • 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.

Dosage

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. 

Formulations 

  • Srngi guda
  • Srngyadi churna 



Morphology :

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



Synonyms


  • Vakra
  • Sringi
  • Ajasringi




Rasapanchaka 


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

  1. What are the uses of Srngi churna ?

According to Ayurvedic textbooks, Srngi churna can be used to alleviate Respiratory disorders.

  1. What is the Dosage of Sringi churna ?

          Srngi churna can be taken at a dose of 1-3g.


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