Latin Name

Picrorhiza kurroa

English Name


Sanskrit Name


Part Used

Underground Stem
(भौमिक काण्ड)

Effect on Dosha

eliminates vitiated Kapha and Pitta

Properties and Uses

When used in small doses it acts as an appetizer, digestive, liver stimulant and has cathartic effect on bile. In large doses it acts as purgative. Due to its cathartic effect on bile it brings yellow watery stools and is especially used in the treatment of ‘Pitta diseases. It regulates the heart beat and increases blood pressure. It acts as cough expectorant. It is commonly used herb in the formulations used for the treatment of lactation related problems and skin diseases. Also effective in the treatment of obesity.

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