Chirayata Herb - Benefits And Healing Power
Botanical Name: Swertia chirata
Indian Name: Chirayata
Description and Composition
Chirayata, also known as Indian gentian is a robust annual herb which grows up to about 1.5 meters in height. It has leaves in opposite pairs about 10 ems long, without stalks, pointed at the tip. The plant has numerous flowers, pale green in color, tinged with purple, with long white or pink hairs and minute sharp pointed fruits. The whole plant, collected in. its flowering stage and dried, constitutes the drug. The trade name chirayata is based on the local name of the plant It has long been used by the Aurvedic physicians as a bitter tonic.
The plant contains a bitter glycoside chiratin, which yields on hydrolysis, two bitter principles, ophdic acid and chiratin. The latter is soluble in water. The ophe1ic acid is a brown hydroscopic substance which is soluble in water and alcohol. It also contains resin, tannin and 4 to 8 per cent of ash.
Benefits and Healing Power of Chirayata HerbChirayata is a valuable bitter tonic. It is laxative and an appetizer. It also corrects the disordered process of nutrition and restores the normal function of the system.
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