Creat-Chiretta

The scientific name of  The Creat: Andrographis paniculata

Name of Creat-Chiretta in different languages:-

English: Chiretta Plant, king of bitters, Green Chiretta.

Sanscrit: Bhoonimba, Mahatikta, Kirta

Hindi: Kalmegh, Kirata

Malayalam: Kiriyath കിരിയാത്ത്, Nilaveppu നിലവേപ്പ്

Plant description:

Andrographis paniculata – Bitter king or Kiriyath is a herb found throughout India mostly in South India, it grows up to 1 m. tall, erect, commonly in moist, partially sunny places, stem are slender, dark green, squared in cross-section with little hairy. Leaves are lance-shaped, leaf blades up to 8 cm long by 3 cm broad. Flowers are small, violet-colored, and spread clusters. The fruit is a capsule and 2 cm long, contains yellowish-brown seeds. The root is tapering and stout and 7 cm long approximately.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-narrow Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate


Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, leaf, root

Medicinal uses:

Blood purification, fever, malaria, intermittent fever, jaundice.snakebite, worm, lethargy, and Liver disorders.

Chemical content:

Andrographolide, Diterpenes, flavonoids.

Medicinal Properties:

Antiviral activity, Anthelmintic, Anti-diarrheal, Anti-malarial, Anti-platelet aggregative

How to prepare medicines

Leaf of The creat plant ground well and makes it as the bolus and allows drying in the shade (avoid direct sunlight) and can be used as medicines for many diseases like Malaria, rheumatic complaints, etc..

The Creat plant is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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