Kutaja is a small tree that grows through out India. The plant is commonly known as Kurchi and is used to alleviate many disorders. The best Ayurveda Doctor in the world, Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Kutaja for the treatment of diseases caused by the vitiation of Pitta Kapha doshas as the herb is Pitta Kapha samaka in it’s action. Kutaja is used to treat numerous diseases including Diarrhoea , Bleeding piles etc. Nowadays it is also used as an astringent , antibacterial and anthelmintic agent as it contains Phytoconstituents like conessine, norconessine, isoconessine etc.

General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Holarrhena antidysenterica        

Family :  Apocyanaceae 

Habitat: Through out India 

Parts used

  • Stem bark, Seeds

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Arsoghna varga (alleviate Haemorrhoids)

Susruta Samhita – Pippalyadi gana

Pharmacological action

  • Astringent 
  • Stomachic 
  • Anthelmintic 
  • Febrifuge 

Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Dipana (carminative )
  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Krimighna (kills worms)
  • Kushtaghna (Alleviate skin disorders)

Therapeutic indications

  • Bleeding piles (Raktarsas )- Decoction prepared from Kutaja and Ginger if taken internally will check Haemorrhoids 
  • Diarrhoea (Atisara )- Intake of ghee processed with Kutaja alleviates Diarrhoea.


Powder (Churna) – 500 m g

Decoction (kwatha )- 60 ml

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. 


  • Kutajavaleha
  • Kutajarishta
  • Kutajadi kwatha 

Morphology :

A shrub or small tree with pale bark. Leaves are broadly elliptic. Inflorescence is corymbose cyme. Flowers are creamy white. Fruits are follicles.

Vernacular names 

English – kurchi

Hindi- karchi

Malayalam – kutakappala

Sanskrit – kutaja 


  • Vatsaka
  • Girimallika
  • Mahagandha
  • Sangrahi

Rasapanchaka of Kutaja

Rasa-  Kashaya (Astringent )

Guna-  Laghu (light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)

Virya-  sita (cold)

कुटजः कटुको रूक्षो दीपनस्तुवरो हिमः  


(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Guducyadi varga-shloka 118)

Kutaja is Pitta Kapha samaka because of it’s properties like Katu vipaka and cold potency . The herb is used to alleviate diseases caused by Piita and Kapha doshas like Haemorrhoids and Dysentery etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best Ayurveda Doctor in the world Dr.Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Kutaja for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha and Pitta especially in treating Diarrhoea. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.

Frequently asked Questions

1)What is the dose of Kutajarishta  ?

   Dose of Kutajarishta is 20 ml for an adult

2)What is the scientific name of Kutaja ?

Botanical name of  is Holarrhena antidysenterica       


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