Chirata Scientific Name

Swertia chirata

Chirata Other Names

English: Chitretta, Indian Balmony, Bitter Stick
Hindi: Chirayata, Chirata
French: Swertie de l’Inde
German: Chirettakraut, Kirayakraut
Latin: Swertia chirata
Sanskrit: Anaryatikta, Ardhatikta, Bhunimba, Chiratika

What is Chirata?

This ayurvedic herb is mainly found in sub-temperate regions of the Himalayas ranging from India to Bhutan. It has a peculiar bitter taste. Chirata is extensively used in combating various infections, protecting liver functions, enhancing appetite, improving metabolism, and boosting weight loss. It is highly effective in treating fever and promoting healthy bowel movement.

Common forms of Chirata

Powder, Capsules, Tablets

Chirata is commonly used for:

  • Treating fever
  • Curing malaria
  • Curing constipation
  • Eradicating worm Infestations
  • Treating Upset stomach
  • Promoting healthy appetite
  • Curing and preventing skin diseases
  • Preventing cancer

Chirata Dosage

Powder: 1-3 gm twice a day or as directed by the doctor.
Tablet: 1 tablet/capsule a day or as directed by the doctor.

Chirata Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Excessive intake can cause hypoglycemia and associated symptoms.
Not so common side-effects: Not known
Pregnant and Nursing mothers: Since it lowers blood glucose levels, stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Not known.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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