Katuki, commonly known as Hellebore is widely cultivated in India because of it’s medicinal value. According to Ayurvedic textbooks, the herb helps in releasing bile and hence the name given. The plant is used in different combinations of medicine to treat numerous diseases. Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Katuki for the treatment of disorders involving vitiation of Pitta and Kapha doshas as the herb alleviates these doshas. Ayurvedatarian uses the herb to treat conditions like Jaundice , diabetes , cough etc. It is also used as an anthelmintic , purgative and antipyretic agent.

General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Picrorrhiza kurroa       

Family :  Scrophulariaceae 

Habitat: All over India

Parts used

  • Rhizome

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Balya varga(nourishing herbs)

Susruta Samhita – Patoladi gana 

Pharmacological action

  • Liver stimulant 
  • Anthelmintic 
  • Antidiabetic 
  • Purgative 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Balya ( increase strength )
  • Krimighna (antimicrobial )
  • Dipana (carminative )
  • Jwarahara (Reduces fever )

Therapeutic indications

  • Skin disorders (Kushta)- Paste of Kutaja is used for external application in alleviating skin disorders.
  • Heart disease (Hrdroga)- Paste prepared from Katuki and sugar acts as cardio protective and is used in treating Heart disorders.


Paste – 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. 


  • Katurohini churna
  • Arogyavardhini gulika 
  • Katukadi Kashaya 

Morphology :

A creeping herb with many adventitious roots. Stems are represented by stolons. Leaves are oval shaped. Flowers are white.

Vernacular names 

English – hellebore 

Hindi- kutki

Malayalam – kadurohini

Sanskrit – katuki


  • Katvi
  • Rohini
  • Katurohini

Rasapanchaka of Katuki

Rasa- Tikta(bitter)

Guna-  Laghu (light)

Vipaka- Katu(acrid)

Virya-  Sita (cold)

कट्वी तु कटुका पाके तिक्ता रूक्षा हिमा लघुः

भेदिनी दीपनी हृद्या कफपित्तज्वरापहा |

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Haritakyadi varga-shloka 152)

Katuki alleviate Pitta Kapha doshas owing to it’s properties like Cold potency and Bitter taste. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Katuki for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha and Pitta. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. What are the uses of Katukadi kwatha?

Katukadi kwatha used in alleviating Chronic fever.

  1. What are the useful parts of Katuki?




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