Kutki aka Picrorhiza Kurroa is a miracle herb with fantastic healing properties, particularly for liver diseases.
In the ancient field of Ayurveda, medicinal herbs are the spiritual essence of plants which carry the dynamics of nature and its healing properties. It’s not been a while since I’ve grown interest towards Ayurveda. I came across this interestin9g article about the significance of Ayurvedic medicine that explained the sustainable treatment of various disease utilizing magical herbs, which, unfortunately, conventional medicine has failed to do so.
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Conventional medicine frequently relies on lifelong medication, on which patients come to depend. Many drugs have side-effects and withdrawal symptoms that, if you stop using them, it can become problematic. In such circumstances, Ayurveda has much to offer. Herbs and plants like yarsagumba, betel leaves, jatamansi, turmeric, tulsi, licorice root and so on have known to possess some of the amazing healing properties, and among them, today I am going to introduce you to a widely popular herb, Kutki.
So, What Is Kutki(Picrorhiza)?
“Ayurveda” is the combination of two words Ayur (life) and Veda (science). Ayurveda is science or knowledge of life in which the medicinal herbs are used as treatments, accomplishing such outcomes that modern health system failed too. The fantastic power of Ayurveda caught my attention and my interests towards it grew slowly. Are you sick and tired of medicines and appointments to the doctors with no good positive outcomes? Ayurveda is the solution. So you want to know more about it? You are in the right place.
Imagine what it would be like if you had a simple herb that could be the solution to so many of your problems, fantastic right? I was completely blown away when I came across this herb called Picrorhiza Kurroa (also called kutki), which is an herb with amazing healing properties, particularly for liver diseases. What makes this herb so special is this herb can cure several diseases and disorders from skin diseases to digestive problems.
It’s a flowering plant and bears small, pale or purplish-blue flowers with cylindrical spikes. Kutki has been extensively used by the Ayurvedic practitioners back in the early centuries, till now. We use root and rhizome of the plant for the treatment. This is a versatile herb known to cure several diseases and disorders from skin diseases to digestive problems. The herb is on the verge of going extinct, and it was also listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Where Can We Find Picrorhiza Kurroa?
Kutki grows in the freezing climate of the Himalayan region of Nepal at an altitude between 3500 and 4800 m. It has a very bitter root that has wonderful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is an endangered plant species and is a small, woody herb with a curved and irregular looking root. Kutki is mostly recognized for its protective and regenerative effects upon the liver. You might be wondering the exact benefits and uses of Picrorhiza Kurroa, let’s dig a litter deeper into its applications, advantages and learn more about this miracle herb.
Technical Pharmacological properties of Picrorrhiza kurrao- Anti-tumor, Anti-oxidant, Immuno-modulator, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Adaptogenic, Anti-hepatotoxic, Choleretic, Hypoglycemic, Neuritogenic, hepato-regenerative properties Purgative, Anti-viral
Let’s move on to find out some of the amazing health benefits of Kutkki.
Kutki Picrorhiza Kurroa Health Benefits
Treat Liver Diseases
First of all, let us start from the use of kutki for treating liver diseases. The roots of kutki is a powerful liver healing agent from Asia, well known for normalizing liver enzymes and supporting liver functions. Phenolic compounds present in the roots including apocynin I and Adrosin 4, vanillic acid 14 and flavonoids make it the most effective liver regenerating herb. Picrorrhiza kurrao is a cooling agent and in Ayurveda, it’s been written as “Katuki Pitta virechana Sarvshrestha” meaning Katuki removes excess Pitta (bile) form body. Hence it eliminates toxins from the colon, prevents fatty liver and liver diseases like cirrhosis, elevated liver enzymes and so on. Think about it, how weak your liver would get, after consuming toxins including alcohols, cigarette smoke. Here’s the deal, the roots of kutki are here to cleanse the liver and protect it, and your liver now works as new.
Effective For Vitiligo
Have you heard or known of a rare skin disease called Vitiligo? Well, it is a rare skin disease where the pigment cells of the skin, melanocytes gets destroyed resulting in loss of skin color, depigmentation, white patches of skin in certain areas of the body. Experts and researchers have shown that its extract constitutes of antioxidant and immune-modulating properties. Also, a study showed a possible association between Picrorhiza’s use in phototherapy for the treatment of vitiligo. The picrorhiza extract was administrated twice a day orally for three months. At the same time, patients were treated with methoxsalen photochemotherapy. The association of the two therapies has seen to provide a better result regarding repigmentation and treating vitiligo.
Treatment of Digestive Problems
What’s more uses of this magical herb is kutki can also treat your digestive problems. You might think I’m exaggerating, right? I had the same feeling when I first heard about this herb and its multiple uses. Consumption of kutki can reduce problems like bowel movements, constipation, and excessive gas formation. The laxative property of kutki helps to treat your constipation, nausea, and vomiting too. Though there is not enough evidence to back this up, the traditional theories and research have shown that consumption of picrorhiza roots can cure constipation, gastritis, indigestion, diarrhea, dysentery and so on.
For a Better Skin
Kutki also assists you in giving a better skin. Yes, you read that right. Kutki helps to glow your skin and to reduce your skin problems. It contains many antioxidant properties which treat skin disorders like dermatitis, skin allergies, and deep wounds. You need to consume some kutki, and it will magically reduce your problems.
Psoriasis is caused due to certain skin infections or due to injury on the skin from where bacterial infection starts. Once the body’s immune system gets strong, it automatically cleanses blood and colon, killing all the harmful bacteria. Kutki is known for removing excess “pitta”(bile) and heat from the body, hence it controls and prevents itching, burning sensation on the skin, clear out plaques and scales, helping psoriasis patients to get treated soon.
The liver is the master of all the hormones, meaning, it balances and regulates most of the glands in the body. Let me share a little secret about this magic herb with you, kutki even helps in maintaining hormonal balance. You might have some hormonal imbalance in your body, like hypothyroidism, diabetes, female or male hormonal imbalance, uric acid disorder and so on. You must have heard different solutions for million times, and you must have tried everything. But did it work? That’s because you never consumed kutki. The secret is, the liver is the master of all your hormones. It balances and regulates most of the glands in your body. Kutki helps in regenerating and strengthen the liver which balances the hormones. Consume the roots daily if you have those imbalances.
Is that it? Hold on; the show isn’t over yet, kutki can even boost your immunity. This miracle herb can boost your immune system quickly. The extract helps you in increasing the lymphocytes, white blood cells. It is a vital part of the immune system. Besides, it also increases the level of cell signals in your body, which helps in maintaining the immune defenses of the body.
A magical herb with so many benefits, astonishing, isn’t it? So what are you waiting for? What could be more important than your good health? You must have tried everything, but did they work? What have you got to lose? I am using kutki, and I am a satisfied user. Trust me. You’ll be happy seeing the changes in you after using kutki. You can consume picrorhiza in the form of powder, twice a day as directed by the Ayurveda practitioner.
Any questions regarding this magical herbs? Drop in your queries, and I will be happy to answer them.