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Home » Raw Herbs » Rhizome

Picrorhiza kurroa  ROYLE EX BENTH

   

Botanical Name

:

Picrorhiza kurroa ROYLE EX BENTH

English Name

:

Picrorhiza

Family

:

Scrophulariaceae

 

General Info

Description

Root stock elongate, stout, creeping, covered with withered leaf bases. Leaves 5 to 10 cm, coriaceous, serrate, base narrowed into a winged sheathing petiole. Scape stout, ascending, with or without bracts below the inflorescence. Spike 5 to 10 cm, many flowered , sub-hirsute. Bracts oblong or lanceolate. Sepals 5, 4 to 7 mm, lanceolate, ciliate. Petals 5 to 8 mm long, ovate, ciliate. Capsule 1 to 1.5 cm long, ovoid.

Herb Effects

Laxative, diuretic, antimicrobial, protects the liver, increases the formation and/or secretion of bile and stimulates the secretion of gastric juices.

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Kutkin, kutkoside, picroside, kutkisterol and kutkiol, vanillic acid and sesquiterpene.

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Vanillic acid Not Available 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy-
benzoic acid
C8H8O4 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

Jaundice and other liver problems, constipation, indigestion, influenza, ascites, anemia and as a tonic. The drug Picrorhiza extensively used in various ailments like bilious fever, dyspepsia, urinary trouble, asthma, hiccough, blood circulation, burns, liver complaints, paralysis, epilepsy, ringworm infection, scabies and gout.

Reference

Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.


Uniyal et al., Medicinal Flora of Garhwal Himalayas.

Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.

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