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
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks
Charaka Samhita – Balya varga(nourishing herbs)
Susruta Samhita – Patoladi gana
- Liver stimulant
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
- Balya ( increase strength )
- Krimighna (antimicrobial )
- Dipana (carminative )
- Jwarahara (Reduces fever )
- 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
A creeping herb with many adventitious roots. Stems are represented by stolons. Leaves are oval shaped. Flowers are white.
English – hellebore
Malayalam – kadurohini
Sanskrit – katuki
Rasapanchaka of Katuki
Guna- Laghu (light)
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
- What are the uses of Katukadi kwatha?
Katukadi kwatha used in alleviating Chronic fever.
- What are the useful parts of Katuki?