- Kutaja- Means it generally grows on Kuta Mountain
- Girimallika- Means it is having bright white flowers
- Vatsaka- Means the plant generally grows in Vatsa desha (Place somewhere in Utter pradesha, India)
- Vrikshaka- Means it is a small size plant
- Kaalinga- Means it also grows successfully in Kalinga pradesha (Area covering most of the modern state of Orissa, as well as some northern areas of the bordering state of Andhra Pradesh, India.)
- Indravriksha- Means it is mostly found on Mahendra Mountain in Kalinga pradesha
Holarrhena antidysenterica- Apocynaceae
- Rasa (Taste)- Tikta(Bitter); Kashaya(Astringent)
- Guna (Characteristics)- Laghu(Light); Ruksha (Rough)
- Veerya (Potency)- Sheeta (Cool and calm)
- Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Katu (Pungent)
Chemical composition of Kutaja Powder:
Around 30 alkaloids have been isolated from Kuda chhal Powder, mostly from the bark. These include conessine, kurchine, kurchicine, holarrhimine, conarrhimine, conaine, conessimine, iso-conessimine, conimine, holacetin and conkurchin.
Conessine from the bark of Kuda Chhal killed free living amoebae and also kills entamoeba histolytica in the dysenteric stools of experimentally infected kittens.It is markedly lethal to the flagellate protozoon. It is antitubercular also. Conkurchine is hydrochloride hypotensive and vasodilator
Effect of Kutaja Powder on Tridoshas:
Kuda Chhal is said to be Tridoshaghna (Pacifies all the three Doshas) i.e. it is useful in management of diseases with their origin in either of the Dosha or all of them.
Home Remedial Uses of Kutaja Powder in Ayurveda:
- Raktarshoghna- Rakta means the blood or bleeding and Arsha is hemorrhoids or piles. Kuda Chhal Powder is the best natural remedy for bleeding piles.
- Kandughna- Kandughna means alleviator of itching sensation; Kuda Chhal is recommended for itching sensation
- Stanya shodhana- Not simply the proper quantity of lactation is important but the quality of lactating milk is very important. As per Ayurveda there are certain characteristics of pure lactation like uniformly white; which mixes in water uniformly etc. Kuda Chhal is a useful Ayurvedic herb for cleansing the lactation.
- Aasthapanopaga- Here Aasthapana stands for Basti (Therapeutic enema with decoction as the main constituent) and Aasthapanopaga means which adds in the effect of Asthapana Basti. Kuda Chhal is such an Ayurvedic herb to increase effect of Asthapan Basti.
- Vamana- Vamana is in important Panchakarma procedure which includes therapeutic vomiting. Kuda Chhal Powder is useful to induce therapeutic vomiting.
- Deepana- It is an important characteristic of Kuda Chhal Powder that even after being cold in potency it never disturbs the working of digestive system; it even supports the digestive system. It is a good natural remedy to stimulate appetite.
- Atisarahara- Kuda Chhal also possesses binding action on stool; this characteristic makes it an important Ayurveda herb for diarrhea
- Trishnahara- Being a pacifier of Pitta Dosha - the fire component of body; Kuda Chhal powder is useful to alleviate excessive thirst.
- Kushthajit- Kuda Chhal nourishes the skin deeply; it is one of the best natural remedy for skin diseases.
Health Benefits of Kutaja Powder:
- Kuda Chhal is one of the best drugs for chronic diarrhea and to check blood coming from stool.
- H. antidysenterica Powder is found useful in curing Chronic Diarrhea, Amoebic Dysentery, Intestinal & extra-intestinal amoebiasis Bacillary Dysentery, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Tropical Spru.
Powder- 3-6 gm;
Some combinations with Kutaja Powder in Ayurveda:
Kutajarishta, Kutajavaleha, Kutaja Ghana Vati
Best Recommended Use of Kutaja Powder in Ayurveda:
For therapeutic vomiting in patients with weak physical and psychological set up and diseased by bleeding tendency, heart or skin disease; Kuda Chhal is the best.