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Kutaki: The Wondrous Herb

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Kutaki (picrorhiza kurroa) is a herb; a tiny perennial plant of Scrophulariaceae family mostly grown in the Himalayan region. You will come across these plants in the valley of Kashmir, and in the Garhwal regions of Nepal and India. It is also known locally by several other names like Kutki, Kuru and Katuka.

The Kutaki plant grows naturally on rocky screes, scars, and crevices as well as in organic soils. Kutaki grows best in cold mountainous conditions at an elevation of between 3500 and 4800 metres. The plant is covered in snow during winter when it remains dormant. With the arrival of summer and the thaw, the plant regenerates. It is easily distinguishable by its elongated, stout creeping rootstock and withered leaf base. The flowers that appear in June to August are white and pale blue-purple in color. Harvesting takes place from May to December.

The root and rhizome are harvested for processing and the extract when formulated has numerous medicinal properties in Ayurveda.

It is used to treat worms, constipation, low fever, liver ailments, asthma, and scorpion stings. It improves the heart condition and is an active aid to the cardiovascular system. It curbs infection and is used to expel mucus from the respiratory tract. This is also an excellent remedy for getting rid of urinary diseases. If you are a woman, you can use this for healing skin problems and also for managing your sagging breasts.

It is a bitter carminative digestant that also boasts cooling effect. It is an ingredient in a cardio tonic, has laxative, antipyretic and anthelmintic properties. People with digestive problems can use this herb as a liver and appetite stimulant. Regular intake of this herb helps in improving lactation, and is beneficial in treating bronchial asthma. The Kutaki formulations are also known to cure jaundice effectively.

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