Kustha is one of the most potent herbs used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda and is commonly known as Kut root. It is found through out India. The plant is used to treat numerous diseases and hence also called Vyadhi. Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Kustha for the treatment of diseases caused by the vitiation of the doshas Vata and Kapha. The herb is used in conditions like Oedema , Skin ailments, Headache etc by Ayurvedatarian. Kustha contains Phytoconstituents like kusthin, sausseral, sausurine etc which aids in it’s antiseptic and insecticide actions.

General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Saussurea lappa      

Family :  Asteraceae 

Habitat: North India

Parts used

  • Root 

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Asthapanopaga varga (used for enema )

Susruta Samhita – Eladi gana

Pharmacological action

  • Antiseptic 
  • Insecticidal 
  • Antiinflammatory 
  • Hypotensive 

Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Sothahara ( Antiinflammatory )
  • Krimighna(Antimicrobial )
  • Kasahara(Reduces cough)
  • Vishaghna (Reduces Poisoning)

Therapeutic indications

  • Oedema (Sotha)- Water is processed with Kustha and is taken for bath is useful in reducing oedema 
  • Headache (Sirasula)- Paste of Kustha is applied to alleviate Headache.


Powder (Churna) – 250 m 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. 


  • Kusthadi churna
  • Kusthadi kashaya
  • Kusthadi lepa

Morphology :

An erect perennial herb with stout roots. Leaves are irregularly  toothed. Inflorescence is axillary terminal clusters.

Vernacular names 

English – kut root

Hindi- kut

Malayalam – Kottam

Sanskrit – kustha 


  • Pakala
  • Vyadhi
  • Utpala

Rasapanchaka of Kustha

Rasa- Katu(Acrid) Madhura (Sweet)

Guna-  Ruksha (Dry)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)

Virya-  Ushna (hot)

कुष्ठमुष्णं कटु स्वादु शुक्रलं तिक्तकं लघु |

हन्ति वातास्रवीसर्प कास कुष्ठमरुत्कफान् ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Haritakyadi varga-shloka 173)

Kustha is Vata Kapha alleviating because of it’s properties like acrid taste and hot potency. The herb is used to treat diseases caused by Vata and Kapha doshas like Haemorrhoids and Skin diseases etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best Ayurveda doctor, Dr.Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Kustha for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha and Vata. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

1)What are the uses of Kusthadi kashaya ?

   Kusthadi kashaya is used effectively in Chronic fever.

2)What is the scientific name of Kustha?

Botanical name of Kustha is Saussurea lappa      


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