Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Chirayata
Chirayata is an annual herb which bears purple or blue flowers which is found in temperate Himalayan region. The plant bears pink or white colored sharp pointed fruits and is used in folklore medicines for centuries. The drug Chiretta is procured by the dried aerial part of the plant. It is very pungent, hot, very light and dry and has a cold potency. The name Kiratatikta implies that the herb is utterly bitter in taste. Chirayata is used in Ayurvedic medicines to cure fever and is also used in Tibetian folk medicine. The tonic of Chirayata is used in treating general weakness. It can relieve kapha and pitta doshas.
Chirayata detoxifies the body by removing the toxins and rejuvenates the skin. It provides good amount of nutrition to the body and curbs the extra body fat which assists in active weight control.
Properties of Chirayata:
Medicinal uses of Chirayata:
- The decoction of Chirayata is used in cleaning discharging wounds.
- Due to its laxative properties, it improves digestive system, regulates bile juice secretion, dyspepsia and increases appetite.
- Relieves skin allergies, itching and infections.
- It purifies the blood, reduces the blood sugar levels and check the diabetes.
- Used to treat bleeding piles due to its haemostatic properties.
- It is anti-inflammatory and reduces inflammation.
- Used in treating jaundice and anemia.
- Chirayata has anti-asthmatic and expectorant properties which can effectively treat asthma.
- It has excellent properties which purifies breast milk and produces pure and easily digestible milk for the baby.
- Used to treat intestinal worms.
- It is essentially used in medicines to cure malarial fever.
- Chirayata decoction can reduce the spleen enlargement issues.
Side effects of Chirayata:
- Due to its utterly bitter and pungent taste, it might induce vomiting.
- It should not be given to the patients who are allergic to ethanol.