Medicinal Uses of Kutki
• Kutki is among the best Pitta pacifying Ayurveda herbs. • It stimulates the correct secretion of bile juices from the liver and corrects all functions of the liver. • Kutki is bitter to taste, if given in a small dose it stimulates taste buds and increases appetite,and liver stimulant. . In excess amount Kutki acts as a purgative. • In heart disease Kutki and glycyrrhiza in equal quality with sugar are prescribed. • Kutki acts as a diuretic for diabetes. • Kutki is the best remedy for the purification of milk in lactating mothers. • In small doses Kutki is useful in conditions like loss of appetite, liver disorders, and jaundice which are due to obstruction in biliary passages. • In constipation, flatulence, and ascites, Kutki acts as a purgative if given in large dose. • When given in congestive cardiac failure Kutki causes a watery diarrhea. This reduces the circulatory hydrostatic pressure on the heart and there by the workload on it. • Kutki reduces pulse rate which is similar to the action of digitalis.
Health Benefits Of Kutki
Remedies Liver Anomalies
Deemed as ‘sarva roga niramani’, just like the bitter kalmegh leaves, kutki possesses potent hepatoprotective and hepatostimulative properties which makes it a magical remedy during jaundice, in which the liver gets mostly effected. The plant offers support to the liver functioning by secreting bile which in turn helps the liver enzymes to come down to normal levels. It also cleanses and detoxifies the liver and improves liver functioning.
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Take ½ tsp Kutki along with 1 tbsp aloe vera juice and 1 tsp honey, 3 times daily with meals for enhancing liver health.
Aids In Weight Loss:
The abundance of flavonoids in kutki root helps the body shed excess weight faster. Being loaded with fiber and essential nutrients, when taken regularly, the formulations of the bitter herb satiate sudden hunger pangs and prevents overeating and hence can play a pivotal role in one’s weight loss regimen. The herb also reduces the accumulation of LDL (i.e. Low-Density Lipoproteins or bad cholesterol) in the body, thereby improving metabolism and helping the body to maintain a proper weight.
Promotes Heart Functions
Being a potent cardio-protective herb, Kutki is quintessential for treating a host of heart ailments. Owing to its strong antioxidative nature, it strengthens the heart muscles, prevents lipid build-up within them, and hence reduces the risk of heart attacks, heart blocks, blood clots, atherosclerosis, etc. It not only plays a crucial role in lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood but also dilates blood vessels and normalizes blood flow, hence managing high blood pressure.
Fights Respiratory Issues
Blessed with powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, and anti-asthmatic properties, Kutki is considered to be a well-known traditional remedy for all sorts of respiratory troubles. It holds high significance in treating the common cold, sore throat, cough and flu symptoms. It also thins and loosens rheum particles within the chest and nasal cavities and hence eases breathing and helps the body to get rid of mucus. It is also beneficial in treating bronchitis and asthmatic conditions.
Consume a mixture of ½ tsp turmeric, ½ tsp ginger and ¼ tsp of Kutki, and 1 tsp of raw honey by infusing it in ¼ cup of warm water, thrice a day after meals to gradually get rid of asthma and allergies.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties of the kutki root and rhizome play a chief role in treating different types of ulcers like ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer, canker sores or mouth ulcers, etc. The bioactive components help in healing mouth and gastric ulcers. It also helps to speed up the healing process in the inflamed mucosal layer and reduce the risk of ulceration.
Shields Against Infections
The biochemical compounds present in this bitter herb have been used since ancient times to combat germs and shield the body against various infections. Thanks to its strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties, kutki is not only used for removing bacteria and germs from the body but also used for recurring fever conditions. It also helps in reducing general debility, weakness, and fatigue and improves the vitality of the body.
Imbued with excellent carminative and digestive properties, kutki makes for a one-stop solution for all digestive woes. The anti-flatulent property reduces the formation of gas in the alimentary canal, thus reducing flatulence, bloating, constipation, and abdominal distension. The antacid property of the herb prevents the formation of excessive acids in the stomach thereby treating indigestion, ulcer, and gastritis and promoting better absorption of nutrients in the body.
Thanks to the exceptional hypoglycaemic property, kutki holds high significance in pacifying the blood sugar levels in the body. The production of insulin from the β-pancreatic cells becomes active in taking kutki or its formulations. It helps to reduce the breakdown of starch into glucose which in turn leads to low blood glucose levels and thus helps in managing diabetes.
Take ½ tsp of kutki along with ½ tsp of turmeric mixed in ¼ cup of warm water thrice a day to keep blood sugar levels under control.
The wealth of anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties of the Kutki root is extensively used for providing relief from pain and inflammation due to arthritis. It is also extremely effective against Rheumatoid arthritis which is known as Amavata in Ayurveda, an ailment that stems due to the vitiation of Vata doshas and accumulation of Ama in the joints.
Make a concoction of ¼ tsp Kutki, ½ tsp Ginger, and 1 tsp Castor Oil. Mix this together with warm water and consume it before going to bed every night for getting relief from arthritic pain.
Augments Skin Health
Sanctified with antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, kutki offers blood purifying properties that help in removing toxins from the blood and hence help to manage skin diseases. It not only helps in shielding the skin from oxidative radical damage due to the harmful UVA and UVB rays, to reduce the risk of the various signs of aging like wrinkles, blemishes, spots, fine lines, and dark circles, but also treats allergic conditions like acne, pimples, zits, psoriasis, scabies, and various other skin infections.
Take a mixture of 1 tsp of Tikta Ghrita melted in ½ cup hot water along with ¼ tsp kutki powder and ¼ tsp turmeric, on an empty stomach early morning to get crystal-clear, radiant skin.
Kutki For Vitiligo:
Kutki is a wonder herb loaded with antipyretic properties and various antioxidants that can heal and soothe the skin from various infections, wounds, and rashes. Vitiligo, a skin condition where the skin loses its original color and appears in blotches due to the non-functioning of pigment-producing cells, can be prevented with Kutki.
Regular application of Kutki on the mouth, eyes, and other parts of the skin, where vitiligo is present can prevent it from spreading further. However, one should remember that Kutki can only delay vitiligo affecting other areas of the body but wouldn’t cure the condition.
Effect On Doshas:
This magical hepato-protective herb showcases Katu (i.e. pungent) and Tikta (i.e. bitter) Rasa. It is blessed with Rukhsha (dry) and Laghu (i.e. light) gunas. It has Sheeto Virya (cold potency) and Katu Vipaka (pungent metabolic property). The bioactive ingredients in this bitter herb balance the Pitta (fire and air) doshas and Kapha (earth and water) doshas and often an excess of it can aggravate the Vata (air) doshas.
Owing to the dry and light qualities, the herb helps to cut through the thick rheum matter caused due to increased kapha doshas, and it also reduces pitta and kapha doshas in the head and chest, thus helping to uphold a normal body temperature. Additionally, being a Pitta pacifier, it detoxifies the liver and blood, while simultaneously fortifying the vital organ and enhancing cellular growth and tissue regeneration. Owing to the intrinsic properties and doshas, Kutki portrays a positive effect on the various Dhatus (i.e. body tissues) which are Rasa (i.e. Plasma), Rakta (i.e. Blood), Mamsa (i.e. Muscles), Asthi (i.e. Bones) and Shukra (i.e. Reproductive Fluids).