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Kachur

Kachur
Kachur (Curcuma zedoaria) is a perennial herb which belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. Dried rhizomes of Kachur are used for its medicinal properties. The powdered form of Kachur can be consumed to clean the digestive track and normalize digestive ability. It also helps to relieve abdominal pain, normalize menstrual cycle and also checks respiratory disorders. It is a tonic to increase human libido. Kachur is beneficial in dysuria, body fever and chronic piles. The paste of Kachur can be applied on inflamed areas and wounds to heal faster[1][2].

What are the synonyms of Kachur?

Curcuma zedoaria, Karacura, Karcur, Karacūra, Kaccura, Dravida, Katuri, Sali, Ekangi, Sari, Kachura, Zedoary, Kachuro, Shatakachuro, Kacura, Kachora, Kachalam, Kachoramu, Gandha Sunthi, Kichili, Kizhangu, Kitchiliki Zhangu, Padam Kizhangu, Kachoramu, Kichili Gadda, Zarambad

What is the source of Kachur?

Plant Based

Benefits of Kachur

How effective is Kachur?

Insufficient evidence
Anxiety, Appetite stimulant, Colic, Fatigue, Muscle spasm, Preventing mosquito bites, Stress, Swelling

Precautions when using Kachur

Advice from Experts
Important
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Women should consume Kachur after consulting the doctor. This is because Kachur may cause heavy bleeding if taken for a long duration or high dosage.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid taking Kachur on an empty stomach if you have hyperacidity or gastritis.
Breastfeeding
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Consult your doctor before taking Kachur during breastfeeding.
Pregnancy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid taking Kachur during pregnancy.

Recommended Dosage of Kachur

  • Kachur Churna - ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day.
  • Kachur Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.

How to use Kachur

1. Kachur Churna
a. Take ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Kachur churna.
b. Add milk or honey and take after lunch and dinner.

2. Kachur Capsule
a. Take 1-2 capsule of Kachur.
b. Swallow it with water after lunch and dinner.

3. Kachur Herbal Tea
a. Take ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Kachur Powder (Churna).
b. Add it to 1 cup of water and bring it to boil on a low flame for 5-7 minutes.
c. Strain and drink[4].

Benefits of Kachur

1. Wound
Kachur helps to manage pain and swelling of the wound because of its Ropan property.

2. Nasal congestion
Kachur is good for respiratory disorders due to its Kapha balancing property.
Tip
Use 2-3 drops of Kachur oil in warm water and take the steam to reduce nasal block and manage cough.

3. Hair loss
Kachur helps to prevent hair loss as a result of dandruff and other infections due to its Tikshna (sharp) and Kashaya (astringent) properties.

4. Arthritis
Kachur helps to reduce pain and inflammation in joints and ease mobility due to its Vata balancing property.
Tip:
Apply Kachur mixed with sesame oil on the affected area.

Precautions when using Kachur

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Kachur powder should be used with oil or any cooling substance due to its Tikshna(sharp) and Ushna(hot) properties.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Kachur oil should be used with coconut oil if used externally due to its Ushna (hot) potency.

Recommended Dosage of Kachur

  • Kachur Oil - 2-5 drops or as per your requirement.
  • Kachur Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Kachur

1. Kachur Powder
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Kachur powder.
b. Add milk to it and make a paste, apply it on the skin.
c. Let it sit for 5-20 minutes.
d. Wash thoroughly with tap water.

2. Kachur Oil
a. Take 2-3 drops of Kachur oil.
b. Mix it with coconut oil and apply on the hair and scalp.
c. Use this remedy 2-3 times a day to control dandruff and hairfall.

3. Kachur Fresh Paste
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Kachur paste.
b. Add milk to it and apply on the skin.
c. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
d. Wash thoroughly with tap water.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are the chemical constituents of Kachur?

scientific
Scientific View
It contains 36 compounds such as essential oils, including 17 terpenes, 13 alcohols and 6 ketones. The powdered form of Kachur can be consumed to clean the digestive track and normalize digestive ability.

Q. What is the price of Kachur Powder?

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Scientific View
The average price of Kachur Powder ranges from Rs 50 to Rs 100 for 100 grams.
It is available in the market under various brands and prices. You can choose it according to your liking and requirement.

Q. How to store Kachur Powder?

scientific
Scientific View
Kachur powder should be stored at room temperature. The average shelf life of the product is 1 year, however storing it in a airtight container may increases the shelf life.

Q. Can Kachur cause skin rashes?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes if the skin is hypersensitive towards theat Kachur can cause skin rashes due to its Ushna (hot) potency.

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.
  2. Maua JL, Lai JLI, Wang NP,et.al.Composition and antioxidant activity of the essential oil from Curcuma zedoaria.Food Chemistry.2003;82(4):583-591.
  3. Lobo R, Prabhu KS, Shirwaikar A,et.al.Curcuma zedoaria Rosc. (white turmeric): A review of its chemical, pharmacological and ethnomedicinal properties.J Pharm Pharmacol. 2009;61(1):13-21.
  4. Tariq S, Imran M, Mushtaq Z,et.al.Phytopreventive antihypercholesterolmic and antilipidemic perspectives of zedoary (Curcuma Zedoaria Roscoe.) herbal tea.Lipids Health Dis. 2016; 15: 39.
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