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Kutaki

Kutaki
Kutaki is a small perennial herb and a fast depleting high-value medicinal plant that grows in the hilly parts of the North-Western Himalayan region of India and in Nepal. The leaf, bark and underground parts of the plant, mainly rhizomes are used for their medicinal properties in Ayurveda.
Kutaki is mainly used for liver disorders like jaundice as it protects the liver against cell damage caused by free radicals due to its antioxidant and hepatoprotective properties. This antioxidant property along with cardioprotective activity also helps to improve heart health by preventing damage to the heart.
Kutaki powder along with honey can be taken twice a day to manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis such as joint pain and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory property.
Gargling with Kutaki kwath (decoction) helps manage stomatitis (painful swelling inside the mouth) due to its Ropan (healing) property and Sita (nature). Kutaki powder along with coconut oil or rose water can be applied on wounds to promote faster healing[1][2][5][15].

What are the synonyms of Kutaki?

Picrorhiza kurrooa, Tikta, Tiktarohini, Katurohini, Kavi, Sutiktaka, Katuka, Rohini, Katki, Kutki, Hellebore, Kadu, Katu, Katuka rohini, Kaduk rohini, Kalikutki, Karru, kaur, Kadugurohini, Karukarohini[4]

What is the source of Kutaki?

Plant Based

Benefits of Kutaki

What are the benefits of Kutaki for Vitiligo?

scientific
Modern Science View
Vitiligo is a disorder that causes white patches to develop on the skin. Kutaki contains certain active components that have phytotoxic property. When taken orally for a few months Kutaki may be useful in managing Vitiligo[3][6-8].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes in the skin are destroyed. As a result, white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body. In Ayurveda broadly, Vitiligo or Shwitra is caused due to the imbalance of Pitta in the body. Imbalance Pitta lead to the formation of ama, which consequently impairs deeper body tissues. This ultimately causes depigmentation of the skin. Taking Kutaki helps to balance Pitta and remove the Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) from the body because of Deepan(appetizer) and Bhedna(purgative) property, thus control the symptoms of vitiligo.
Tips:
1. Take 4-8 pinch of Kutaki powder
2. Mix with water or honey
3. Have it once or twice a day
4. To get rid of the symptoms of vitiligo

What are the benefits of Kutaki for Asthma?

scientific
Modern Science View
Taking Kutaki orally does not seem to have any beneficial effect in managing Asthma[3][13].
Asthma.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Kutaki helps to control the symptoms of asthma and gives relief in case of breathlessness. According to Ayurveda, the main doshas involved in asthma are Vata and Kapha. The vitiated ‘Vata’ combines with deranged ‘Kapha dosha’ in the lungs causing obstruction in the respiratory passage. This results in difficulty in breathing. This condition is known as Swas Roga (asthma). Kutaki helps in balancing Kapha and also remove expel the mucus through stool because of its Bhedna (purgative) property. This gives relief from the symptoms of asthma.
Tips:
1. Take 4-8 pinch of Kutaki powder.
2. Mix with water or honey
3.Have it once or twice a day
4. To get rid of the symptoms of asthma

What are the benefits of Kutaki for Rheumatoid arthritis?

scientific
Modern Science View
Kutaki may be useful in managing Rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory property. It reduces joint swelling by inhibiting the production of inflammation-causing chemicals[3][12].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is known as Aamavata in Ayurveda. Amavata is a disease in which vitiation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama takes place in the joint(s). Amavāta starts with a weak digestive fire which leads to accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This Ama is carried to different locations through Vata but instead of being absorbed, it gets accumulated in the joints and gives rise to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Taking Kutaki helps to reduce Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Bhedna (purgative) properties and controls the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Tips:
1. Take 4-8 pinch of Kutaki powder
2. Mix with water or honey
3. Have it once or twice a day
4. To get rid of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

How effective is Kutaki?

Likely effective
Vitiligo
Likely ineffective
Asthma
Insufficient evidence
Rheumatoid arthritis

Precautions when using Kutaki

Breastfeeding
scientific
Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available on the use of during breastfeeding. So it is advisable to avoid Kutaki use only under medical supervision during breastfeeding[3].
Patients with diabetes
scientific
Modern Science View
Kutaki may lower the blood sugar level. It is generally recommended to monitor your blood sugar level while taking Kutaki with anti diabetic drugs[3].
Patients with heart disease
scientific
Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available on the use of Kutaki if you are on any antihypertensive drugs. So it is advisable to avoid Kutaki or use only under medical supervision in such a case.
Pregnancy
scientific
Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available on the use of during pregnancy. So it is advisable to avoid Kutaki use only under medical supervision during pregnancy[3].

Recommended Dosage of Kutaki

  • Kutaki Powder - 4-8 pinch once or twice a day.
  • Kutaki Capsule - 1 capsule once or twice a day.
  • Kutaki Tablet - 2-3 teaspoon once a day.

How to use Kutaki

1. Kutaki Powder
a. Take 4-8 pinch of Kutaki powder
b. Mix with water or honey
c. Have it once or twice a day
d. To get rid of liver disorders

2. Kutaki Capsule
a. Take 1 Kutaki capsule
b. Swallow with water once or twice a day
c. To get rid of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

3. Kutaki Ras(juice)
a. Take 2-3 teaspoon of Kutaki ras
b. Mix with water
c. Drink it before taking food once or twice a day
d. To get quick relief in digestive problems

Benefits of Kutaki

1. Stomatitis
Stomatitis is a condition of painful swelling inside the mouth. It is referred to as Mukhapaka in Ayurveda. Mukhapaka involves all the three doshas (mainly Pitta) and is also associated with Rakta (bleeding). Gargling of Kutaki Kwath improves the healing process due to its Ropan (healing) property and also reduces inflammation due to its Sita(nature) nature.
Tips:
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon or as per your requirement Kutaki powder
b. Add 2 cups of water and boiled it
c. Wait 5-10 minutes or till it reduce 1/2 cup
d. Now Kutaki Kwath is ready
e. Do gargle once or twice a day

2. Wound healing
Kutaki powder paste helps in quick healing of the wound, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin. A paste of Toor dal leaves with coconut oil helps in quick healing and reduce inflammation due to its Ropan (healing) and Sita(cold) properties.
Tips:
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon of Kutaki powder
b. Mix with rose water or honey
c. Apply on affected area once a day
d. To get quick healing of the wound.

Recommended Dosage of Kutaki

  • Kutaki Powder - ¼-½ teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Kutaki

1. Kutaki powder
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon or as per your requirement Kutaki powder
b. Add 2 cups of water and boiled it
c. Wait 5-10 minutes or till it reduce 1/2 cup
d. Now Kutaki Kwath is ready
e. Do gargle once or twice a day.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Does Kutaki help in cough?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kutaki helps in cough due to its expectorant properties. It helps to loosen the mucus by promoting the secretion of sputum. This helps ease breathing and gives relief from cough[5][14].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Kutaki helps to control cough in spite of its Sita(cold) nature because it has Kapha balancing property. This helps to expel excessive sputum from the lungs and provides relief from cough.

Q. Is Kutaki helpful in heart problems?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kutaki may be used in heart problems as it has antioxidants which show cardioprotective activity. It helps fight against the free radial responsible for cardiac cell damage and prevents various heart problems[15].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Kutaki is helpful to manage heart problems because it has Hrdya (cardiac tonic) property It protects heart muscles from damage and maintains normal functions of the heart.

Q. Is Kutaki beneficial for kidney disorders?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kutaki may have various benefits for kidney disorders due to its nephroprotective property. It possesses antioxidant property due to which it prevents the cell damage caused by free radicals and offers a protective role for kidney problems[16].

Q. Does Kutaki help in fevers?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kutaki might help in the management of fever as it has antipyretic activity due to which it helps lower the body temperature[17].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Kutaki helps to reduce the symptoms of fever. As per Ayurveda, fever generally occurs due to the aggravation of Pitta dosha. Kutaki, due to its Pitta balancing property manages the symptoms of fever.

Q. Can Kutaki be used for jaundice?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Kutaki can be used for Jaundice as it has hepatoprotective activity. It possesses antioxidants that provide protection to the liver against cell damage caused by free radicals and improves bile production[18].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Kutaki can be used for reducing the symptoms of jaundice because it protects the liver and promotes healthy liver function because of its Deepan (appetizer) and Bhedna (purgative) properties.

Q. Can Kutaki cure throat problems?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Kutaki in throat problems but it has traditionally been used in the management of sore throat[19].

Q. Is Kutaki useful in hiccups?

scientific
Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Kutaki in hiccups.

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