Kutki is a traditional Ayurvedic herb known for its ability to promote healthy liver functioning and breaking down undigested substances.
Kutki has a cooling effect on the body and thus helps in maintaining healthy functioning of the liver, expelling toxins, and flow of digestive juices.
KutkiÃÂ (Picrorrhiza kurroa)
Kutki (Picrorhiza kurrooa)
In traditional medicinal systems, the rhizomes of this herb have been conventionally utilized for treatment of liver and respiratory diseases, chronic fevers, asthma, urinary disorders, dyspepsia, rheumatic diseases, heart failure, worm infections, and scorpion stings. In the past several decades, bioactive components from Picrorhiza kurroa have attracted the attention of researchers due to their promising therapeutic effects. A wide range of biological activities have been reported for the extracts and isolated compounds, such as hepatoprotective, immunomodulatory, anti-ischemic, nephroprotective, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, cardioprotective, choleretic and anti-oxidative activities (1).
The active principal components of kutki are kutkin and is comprised of kutkoside and the iridoid glycosides (Picroside I and Picroside II) which are used in more than 2000 herbal formulations (2).
- Ma S, Wang X, Lai F, Lou C. The beneficial pharmacological effects and potential mechanisms of picroside II: Evidence of its benefits from in vitro and in vivo. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. 2020;130:110421.
- Debnath P, Rathore S, Walia S, Kumar M, Devi R, Kumar R. Picrorhiza kurroa: a promising traditional therapeutic herb from higher altitude of western Himalayas. Journal of Herbal Medicine. 2020;23:100358.
Dosage and Directions
ÃÂ½ÃÂ teaspoon mixed with honey,ÃÂ twice a day or as directed by your practitioner.
Store in a cool, dry place (below 30ÃÂ°C) away from direct sunlight.