Chirayata; Swertia chirata is one of the best pungent herb in Ayurveda. It makes Chirayata as a best drug of choice for Kapha and Pitta related diseases. 


Chirayata removes the toxins (Ama) and detoxifies the body completely and it makes it a good herb for rejuvenation. Chirayata is one of the herbs which reduces the toxins and also gives best nutrition to the body. It reduces the extra body fat and weight and gives proper energy to the body. Being strong bitter herb, Chirayata is as good analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous (not to cancer sun sign people) herb as is Neem.

English Name:- Chiretta.

Effect on Doshasit is kapha pittashamak and therefore it is useful in diseases due to kapha pitta.
Ayurvedic Pharmacology of Chriyata
Rasa Guna Virya Vipaka
tikta Laghu, ruksha Sheeta katu
  • Chriyata decoction is used to clean discharging wounds. Persons suffering from generalized itching are asked to take bath with its decoction.
  • Chriyata improves digestive system to stimulate liver for proper secretion of bile.
  • Chriyata increases appetite, relieves thirst, helps in amapachan.
  • Chriyata  have  laxative, therefore  it is beneficial in all digestive problems.
  • Chriyata is useful for loss of appetite and dyspepsia. 
  • Chriyata also purifies the blood.
  • Chriyata is beneficial to reduce inflammation.
  • Chriyata is used to reducing blood sugar levels to control diabetes.
  • Chriyata is haemostatic therefore useful in bleeding piles
  • Chriyata is helpful in jaundice and anemia.
  • Chriyata is an expectorant and antiasthmatic. It is useful in asthma produced by obstruction of air passage.
  • Chriyata purifies breast milk by digesting rasa dhatu, it produces pure and easily digestible milk.
  • Chirayata is worms destroying properties and is used in killing intestinal worms. An infusion of the herb is taken for this purpose.
  • Chriyata is useful in malarial fever.
  • Children’s clothes dipped in decoction of Chriyata and dried are given to children to wear so that the temperature is reduced.It produces sweating and the wearer feels relieved Enlargement of spleen is also reduced with this.
Best Recommended Uses

Chirayata is best recommended for improving the health status of body. It improves secretion of bile juices from the liver; improves metabolism of body and helps in better elimination of toxins from the body. 

Doses and Useful Parts

Decoction 60 – 100 ml. powder- 2-6 gms , Whole plant.