Saireyaka is one of the most potent herbs used for treatment purposes in Ayurveda and is commonly known as Yellow hedge barleria. It is found through out India. The plant is used to treat numerous diseases. Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Saireyaka for the treatment of diseases caused by the vitiation of Vata and Kapha doshas. The herb is used in conditions like Gout , Respiratory distress etc by Ayurvedatarian. Saireyaka contains Phytoconstituents like barlerin , cetylbarlerin, luteolin etc which aids in it’s antipyretic and analgesic actions.

General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Barleria prionitis

Family :  Acanthaceae 

Habitat: All over India

Parts used

  • Whole herb

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – not mentioned

Susruta Samhita – not mentioned

Pharmacological action

  • Antipyretic 
  • Antiinflammatory 
  • Expectorant 
  • Antiviral 

Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Kasahara (alleviate cough )
  • Visaghna (Antipoisonous )
  • Swasahara (Reduces respiratory issues)

Therapeutic indications

  • Cough (Kasa)- Decoction prepared from Saireyaka is taken at a dose of 90 ml to alleviate Cough 
  • Asthma(Swasa )-  Intake of Saireyaka juice mixed with Ginger alleviates Asthma.


Juice (Swarasa)- 10 ml

Decoction (Kwatha)- 50 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. 


  • Mahanarayana taila
  • Rasnadi kwatha
  • Varunadi kashaya 

Morphology :

A wild prickly shrub. Stems are aerial. Leaves are lanceolate. Inflorescence is terminal spike. Fruits are capsules.

Vernacular names of Saireyaka

English – Yellow hedge barleria 

Hindi- Katasareya

Malayalam – Shemmulli 

Sanskrit – Saireyaka 


  • Dasi
  • Bana 
  • Sahacara


Rasa- Madhura(Sweet) Tikta (Bitter)

Guna-  Laghu (light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)

Virya-  Ushna (hot)

सैरेयः कुष्ठवातास्त्र कफकण्डु विषापहः  

तिक्तोष्णो मधुरोऽनम्लः सुस्निग्धः केशरञ्जनः ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Pushpa varga-shloka 53)

Saireyaka 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 Cough Asthma and Gout etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Saireyaka 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 Saireyaka Juice?

   Saireyaka Juice is used effectively in Asthma.

2)What is the scientific name of Saireyaka?

Botanical name of Saireyaka is Barleria prionitis


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