Chirata is also known and referred to as ‘Swertia Chirata’ (scientific name), ‘Bitter Stick’, ‘East Indian Balmony’, ‘Kairata’, ‘Kirata’, among others. Chirata is a popular medicinal herb native to high altitude regions of the sub-temperate Himalayas ranging from Himalayas to Bhutan. It usually has a height of 3-4 feet and has greenish-yellow flowers with a purplish tinge. It has a bitter taste. Winter marks a significant rise in different types of flu and feverish conditions accompanied with cough, cold, sore throat, headache etc. According to Ayurveda, the holistic science of healing, the Vata Doshas pertain to regulating the overall immunity of the body. Due to the varying levels of ojas (i.e. immunity) in every individual, people having a poor balance of ojas easily falls prey to the common cold virus.
The herb is packed with many different ingredients that together make it potent. These include some antioxidants, alkaloids, and glycosides like xanthones, chiratanin, chiratol, palmitic acid, to name a few.
Chirayata is an excellent remedy for strengthening the stomach and promoting its action. It is used in the treatment of dyspepsia and diarrhea. Chirayata stimulates the digestion and helps to normalize blood sugar, which makes it useful for diabetics.
Some of the many benefits of Chirayata herbal powder are as foloows-
- Cures Liver Disorders- Hepatitis B is a chronic liver infection and can cause organ failure and cancer in extreme cases. Chirata can inhibit the replication of hepatitis B virus.Chirata possesses potent hepatoprotective and hepatostimulative properties which makes it a magical remedy during jaundice, in which the liver gets mostly effected. The potent herb 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.
- Helpful in constipation- Chirata might help control constipation due to its strong laxative property. It acts as a natural laxative and helps promote bowel movement which eases excretion of stool from the body.
- Can be helpful in managing Vishamajwara (Malaria)- Chirata might be useful in managing the symptoms of Malaria as it contains certain constituents that have antimalarial properties. It might help inhibit the growth of malarial parasites. Chirata also has an antipyretic activity that helps manage malarial fever by reducing the elevated body temperature.
- Managing diabetes- The methanolic extracts of Chirayata possess strong anti-diabetic activities. The herb stimulates insulin production in pancreatic cells, thereby lowering blood sugar naturally.
- Eases Digestion- The excellent carminative and digestive properties of chirata make it an absolute solution for all digestive woes. The anti-flatulent property reduces the formation of gas in the alimentary canal, thus reducing flatulence, constipation, bloating and abdominal distension. The antacid property of the herb prevents the formation of excessive acids in the stomach thereby treating indigestion, ulcer, gastritis and promoting better absorption of nutrients in the body.
- Remedies Skin Disorders- Powered with antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, chirata offers blood purifying activity. Owing to the Tikta (bitter) taste and Pitta balancing property, it removes toxins from the blood and hence helps to manage skin diseases. It is also extremely useful in managing rashes, inflammation, redness, itching, burning sensation and thus helps in the treatment of skin eruptions, acne, pimples, eczema, boils, and scabies.