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kutaki: Health Benefits, Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

By NS Desk | Herbs | Posted on :   21-Dec-2020

Kutaki is a herb that has high medicinal value. It is a small perennial herb and is widely grown in hilly areas of the north-western Himalayan region of India and Nepal. This plant is heavily used in Ayurvedic treatment. The leaf, barks, and underground part (rhizomes) of the plant have high medicinal uses.
 
Due to hepatoprotective and antioxidant properties in kutaki, it can help prevent jaundice and other liver diseases. This is because it protects the liver from cell damage and free radicals. It also has a cardioprotective effect due to its antioxidant property and helps prevent various heart diseases.
 
Due to the presence of anti-inflammatory properties in kutaki, it can help in managing rheumatoid arthritis. You can apply kutaki in the form of kutaki powder mixed with honey to reduce pain and inflammation caused due to rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Also, due to the presence of ropan (healing) and sita (cold ) properties in kutaki, it can help to manage stomatitis (painful swelling inside the mouth). You can take kutaki in the form of kutaki kwath or decoction. It can also promote faster healing of wounds when applied to the affected area. However, mix kutaki with rose water or coconut oil and then apply.
 
Treating diseases/ health problems with the help of kutaki
 
● Vitiligo

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Due to the phytotoxic property (due to certain constituents) in kutaki, it can help manage vitiligo. Vitiligo is a disease that leads to the formation of white patches on the skin. Regular use of kutaki can help to reduce vitiligo.

According to the Ayurvedic view, vitiligo is a disease in which melanocytes of the skin are destroyed and lead to the formation of white patches on the skin. It is also known as shwetra in Ayurveda and occurs due to the imbalance of pitta dosha that leads to the formation of ama in the body. This ama impairs other body tissues and eventually leads to the depigmentation of the skin. Due to the presence of deepan (appetizer) and bhedna (purgative) properties in kutaki, it can help manage vitiligo, remove ama from the body, and balance pitta.

 
Kutaki for vitiligo
● Take some honey or water.
● Add 4 to 8 pinches of kutaki powder to it.
● Have this remedy once or twice a day to manage vitiligo.
 
● Asthma

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Enough evidence is not available regarding the role of kutaki in asthma.

According to the Ayurvedic view, kutaki can help to manage asthma. The imbalance of vata and kapha dosha can cause asthma and breathlessness. The vitiated vata combines with deranged kapha in the lungs and leads to an obstruction in the respiratory system. This can cause swas roga (asthma) and breathlessness. Due to the presence of vata balancing and bhedna (purgative) properties in kutaki, it can help manage asthma and remove the mucus through stool. Therefore, it can help to prevent asthma.

 
Kutaki for asthma
● Take some honey or water.
● Add 4 to 8 pinches of kutaki powder to it.
● Have this remedy once or twice a day to manage asthma.
 
● Rheumatoid Arthritis 

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Due to the presence of anti-inflammatory properties in kutaki, it can help manage rheumatoid arthritis, reduce the swelling in joints, and prevent the production of chemicals causing inflammation.

According to the Ayurvedic view, rheumatoid arthritis can be caused due to vitiation of vata dosha and weak digestive fire. This causes accumulation of ama (harmful remains in the body due to indigestion), spreading in different parts of the body through vata and accumulating in the joints. This gives rise to rheumatoid arthritis or amavata. Due to the presence of deepan (appetizer) and bhedna (purgative) properties in kutaki, it can help to manage rheumatoid arthritis.

 
Kutaki for rheumatoid arthritis 
● Take some honey or water.
● Add 4 to 8 pinches of kutaki powder to it.
● Have this remedy once or twice a day to manage rheumatoid arthritis.
 
● Stomatitis
According to the Ayurvedic view, stomatitis is a disease that causes painful swelling inside the mouth and is also known as mukhapakka. Although it involves all the three doshas, however, it is mainly caused due to pitta dosha and rakta (bleeding). Due to ropan (healing) and sita (cold) properties in kutaki, it can help provide relief in stomatitis. You can gargle using kutaki kwath or decoction.
 
Kutaki for stomatitis
● Take about 2 cups of water.
● Add about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of kutaki powder to it.
● Boil it for some time (preferably until the water becomes ½ cup).
● Then your kutaki kwath is ready.
● Gargle is using this kwath.
● Repeat this once or twice a day for better results.
 
● Wound healing
Kutaki can help in the fast healing of the wound and also reduces the swelling. It can help in preventing inflammation and brings back the normal texture of the skin. This is due to its ropan (healing) and sita (cold) properties of kutaki. You can make a paste of toor dal leaves, coconut oil, and kutaki powder and apply it to the affected area.
 
Kutaki for wound healing 
● Take some rose water or honey.
● Add about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of kutaki powder to it.
● Mix it well.
● And apply it to the affected area.
● Use this remedy for faster healing of wounds.
 
Forms of kutaki in Ayurveda along with recommended dosage
If you have not consulted any doctor regarding the use of kutaki, then you can follow the dosages given below.
● Kutaki powder – Take about 4 to 8 pinch or according to your requirement.
● Kutaki capsules – Take 1 capsule twice a day.
● Kutaki tablet – Take about 2 to 3 teaspoons twice a day.
 
However, if you have consulted any doctor regarding the dosage of kutaki, then we advise you to strictly follow that prescription.
 
Ayurvedic care with the help of kutaki 
 
Kutaki powder
● Take some honey or water.
● Add 4 to 8 pinches of kutaki powder to it.
● Have this remedy once or twice a day to manage liver disorders.
 
Kutaki capsule
● Take a glass of lukewarm water.
● Swallow 1 kutaki capsule with it twice a day.
● This remedy will help you to manage rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Kutaki juice
● Take about 2 to 3 teaspoons of kutaki juice.
● Mix it with some amount of water.
● Drink it twice a day (preferably before meals).
● This will help to manage digestive disorders.
 
Kutaki for wound healing 
● Take some rose water or honey.
● Add about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of kutaki powder to it.
● Mix it well.
● And apply it to the affected area.
● Use this remedy for faster healing of wounds.
 
Kutaki for stomatitis
● Take about 2 cups of water.
● Add about ¼ to ½ teaspoon of kutaki powder to it.
● Boil it for some time (preferably until the water becomes ½ cup).
● Then your kutaki kwath is ready.
● Gargle is using this kwath.
● Repeat this once or twice a day for better results.
 
Precautionary guide while using kutaki
Although kutaki has many magical benefits, however, there are certain precautions that you must consider before consuming kutaki. Some of the precautions are given below:
 
● Breastfeeding
Since sufficient evidence is not available regarding the use of kutaki in breastfeeding, therefore, it is advisable to avoid using or consult a doctor before using kutaki at the time of breastfeeding.
 
● Pregnancy 
Since sufficient evidence is not available regarding the use of kutaki in pregnancy, therefore, it is advisable to avoid using or consult a doctor before using kutaki at the time of pregnancy.
 
● Patients with diabetes
Since kutaki can cause a reduction in blood sugar levels, therefore it is advised to consult a doctor or keep your blood sugar levels in check while using kutaki with antidiabetic drugs.
 
● Patients with heart disease 
Since sufficient evidence is not available regarding the use of kutaki while taking antihypertensive drugs, therefore, it is advisable to avoid using kutaki or use it under a doctor’s supervision.
 
FAQ’s about kutaki
 
Q Is kutaki helpful for cough?
A Yes, 

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Due to the presence of expectorant property in kutaki, it can help to manage by loosening the mucus. It also increases the secretion of sputum. This facilitates easy breathing and helps to manage the cough.

According to the Ayurvedic view, although kutaki has a sita(cold) nature, it can help to prevent cough. This is due to its kapha balancing property and helps to get rid of excessive sputum in the lungs. This facilitates easy breathing and manages cough.

 
Q Can kutaki help in case of heath disorder?
A Yes,

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Kutaki can have cardioprotective effects and, therefore, prevent damage to cardiac cells and is also effective against free radicals. This is due to the presence of antioxidant properties in kutaki and can help manage various heart disorders.

Due to hrdya (cardiac tonic) presence in kutaki, it can help protect heart muscles from damage and normal functioning of the heart. Thus, it can help to prevent various heart diseases.

 
Q Is kutaki helpful for kidney problems?
A Yes, due to the presence of nephroprotective properties in kutaki, it can help to manage various kidney disorders. It is also effective against free radicals and prevents cell damage. This is due to its antioxidant property. This kutaki can help in managing various kidney disorders.
 
Q Is kutaki helpful for fever?
A Yes,

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Due to antipyretic activity in kutaki, it can help lower body temperature and manage fever.

According to the Ayurvedic view, aggravation of pitta dosha can cause symptoms of fever. Kutaki can help in managing symptoms of fever. This is due to the presence of pitta balancing property in kutaki.

 
Q Is kutaki helpful for jaundice?
A Yes,

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Due to hepatoprotective and antioxidant properties in kutaki, it can help prevent damage to cells, is effective against free radicals, and increases bile secretion.

Due to the presence of deepan (appetizer) and bhedna (purgative) properties in kutaki, it can help manage jaundice, protect the liver, and enable the liver's proper functioning.

 
Q Is kutaki helpful for throat problems?
A Although sufficient scientific research and evidence are not available regarding the role of kutaki for throat problems; however, it has been used traditionally to prevent sore throat.
 
Q Can kutaki help in case of hiccups?
A Sufficient scientific evidence is not available regarding the use of kutaki for hiccups.

NS Desk

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