Kutki or Katuki is a Himalayan herb which provides remedy to several health anomalies. Katuki is a Sanskrit word which means ‘That which envelops diseases.’ The botanical name of Kutki is Picorrhiza kurroa, Kutki comes from the Scrophulariaceae family. The name Picorrhiza comes from the Greek word ‘Picroz’ which means ‘bitter’ and ‘rhiza’ meaning ‘root’, referring to the bitter taste of the herb. Katu in Kutki also means bitter. Katuki is a rare herb with healing properties for the liver, and other benefits. A powerful bitter principle present in Kutki helps promote natural detoxification of the liver and gallbladder, besides supporting healthy secretion and bile flow. Kutki Powder helps in healthy digestion of food. It helps to improve the secretions of the liver & gall bladder and protects the liver from different types of infections. It also helps to improve digestion & metabolism of fats. It helps in purifying the blood and helps to provide healthy skin. The herb is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature.
Kutki is known to be a cooling agent possessing the ability to pacify pitta and kapha dosha, without disturbing the digestive fire. Kutki’s cooling properties help your body to balance the Pitta heat, while the dryness encourages the downward flow of Kapha and Pitta to maintain intestinal health. It also reduces pitta and kapha doshas in the head and chest, thus helping to uphold a normal body temperature. Being a Pitta pacifier, Kutki detoxifies the liver and blood, while simultaneously fortifying the vital organ and enhancing cellular growth and tissue regeneration. Owing to the intrinsic properties and doshas, Kutki portrays a positive effect on the various Dhatus (i.e. body tissues) which are Rasa (i.e. Plasma), Rakta (i.e. Blood), Mamsa (i.e. Muscles), Asthi (i.e. Bones) and Shukra (i.e. Reproductive Fluids).
Benefits of using Kutki powder –
Kutki has properties balancing liver-related problems. It starts by detoxifying your liver and moves on improving bile secretion. Katuki helps even out the imbalance caused by ‘pitta’ and rule out problems like bile disorders. Plus, katuki also contains an important enzyme, known as ‘kutkin’ or ‘picroliv’ in a high quantity which ensures good liver function, cleanse out the toxins and limit your exposure to the bad germs which can impact functioning. No wonder, it is considered to be an important detoxifying or liver degenerating herb.
Root of the kutki plant, while bitter to taste, is useful for soothing a fever. Its antipyretic property means that it can cool the body down, bringing down even a high fever.
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. Especially, when the entire world under the grip of the novel coronavirus, and all of us are living in poisonous air, i.e. pollution these days, Kutki is a savior. Covid 19 virus causes a risk of many respiratory problems and difficulty in breathing. It is deadly for asthma patients, but if you include a kutki in your diet, it can help you. Kutki naturally has anti-inflammatory properties that open your nasal passages and eliminates any pollutants or bacteria. For asthma patients, it is highly beneficial as it limits the histamine in their body, which can worsen the condition.
Kutki can help in reducing the symptoms of jaundice. It protects the liver and promotes healthy liver function because of its Deepan (appetizer) and Bhedna (purgative) properties.
Katuki is enriched with several antioxidant properties that soothe the skin and act fast on infections, wounds, and rashes. Just as applying turmeric to bruises and wounds quickens wound healing; similarly, kutki works. Because of its antioxidant properties, it is advantageous for damages, infections and injuries. It helps in healing the wound faster.
Kutki controls and prevents itching, burning sensation on the skin; clear out plaques and scales.
Katutki extracts can help you in increasing the lymphocytes, white blood cells that are a vital part of the immune system. Besides that, it majorly increases the level of cell signals in your body
Being a potent cardio-protective herb, Kutki is quintessential for treating a host of heart ailments. Owing to its strong antioxidative nature, it strengthens the heart muscles, prevents lipid build up within them, and hence reduces the risk of heart attacks, heart blocks, blood clots, atherosclerosis etc. It not only plays a crucial role in lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood but also dilates blood vessels and normalizes blood flow, hence managing high blood pressure. , 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.
Kutki can help in weight management. It has the ability to boost the digestive fire (Agni), improve metabolism, and keep your bowel movements regular, helping you cut fat accumulation and manage weight better. Alternatively, consumption of kutki stimulates gastric secretions and improves your appetite by countering anorexia and thereby improving your ability to eat.