BENEFITS AND PROPERTY OF CHITRAK (PLUMBAGO ZEYLANICA)

Dr. Omprakash Yadav

By Dr.Omprakash Yadav Contact:-shivshivaayurveda@gmail.com Ph no:-+918080747455 /+9196996666426

Introduction OF CHITRAK (PLUMBAGO ZEYLANICA)

Chitrak has powerful digestive and carminative property. It is used in most of Ayurvedic medicinal formulation for indigestion.In English it is called Leadwort
ACCORDING TO VAGBHATA THERE ARE THREE VARIETIES OF CHITRAKA:-
1. Shweta chitraka
2. Peeta chitraka
3. Asita chitraka

AYURVEDA DETAILS OF CHITRAK (PLUMBAGO ZEYLANICA)

GANA

Deepaneeya – Group of herbs that improve appetite and digestion strength.
Shoola prashamana – group of herbs that relieve abdominal colic pain.
Arshoghna – group of herbs used in treating piles.
Lekhaneeya – Group of herbs having scraping property.
Triptighna – that relieve early satiation.

BOTANICAL NAME:- PLUMBAGO ZEYLANICA

FAMILY:- PLUMBAGINACEAE

SANSKRIT NAMES

Agni, Agnika, Agnimata, Agnishikha, Agnisikha, Anala, Analanama, Barhi, Bhali, Brihadbhanu, Chitra, Chitraca, Chitraka,Chitrakavrikshaha, Chitranga, Citra, Citraka, Citrakah, Citrakah-sveta, Dahaka, Dahana, Daruna, Dvipi, Himarati, Hiranyareta, Hutabhuk, Hutasa, Hutasana, Jataveda, Jvalanakhya, Jyoti, Jyotishka, Krishanu, Krishnavartma, Krsanu, Kuta, Lohitanga, Nirdahana, Nirdahani, Pachi, Palaka, Pali, Pathi, Pathina, Pavaka, Saptarshi, Shambara, Shardula, Shikhavana, Shikhi, Shura, Shushma, Shwetachitraka, Sikhi, Sikhin, Ushana, Vahni, Vaishavanara, Vallari, Vanhi, Vanhinama, Vibhakara, Vibhavasu, Vyala

DESCRIPTION

Perennial, sub-scandent shrubs, 60 – 120 cm high. Leaves aletrnate, ovate, acute, glabrous, entire, stalk short. Flowers white in bracteate, often branched, glandular and elongted spikes, 10- 30 cm long. Capsules oblong, pointed, cotained in viscid, glandular, persistent calyx. Seeds oblong.

PART USED:- ROOT SKIN

DOSE:- 1 - 2 gm

CHEMICALCONSTITUENTS

Plumbazeylanone, Napthelenone, Isoshinanolone,Napthoquinone, Plumbagin, Choloroplumbagin, Biplumbagin, Chitranone, Zeylinone, Isozeylinone, Droserone,Plumbagic acid

AYURVEDA PROPERTIES

GUNA (Quality):- Laghu, Ruksha, Tikshan
RASA (Taste):- Katu
VIPAK (Metabolism):- Katu
VIRYA (Potency):- Ushan
Effect on Tridosh:-Kapha vata vikar

Ayurveda Parmacological Action

Grahanihara – relieves sprue, malabsorption syndrome,
Kushtahara – useful in skin diseases
Shothahara – anti inflammatory
Arsha – useful in hemorrhoids
Kruminut – useful in intestinal worm infestation
Kasanut – useful in cough, cold
Vatashlesmahar- disorders related to vata and kapha
Grahi – absorbent, absorbs excess moisture from intestines i.e IBS
Vatarsha – useful in hemorrhoids of Vata origin (with pain)
Pandu vhinasan- Anemia i.e low hemoglobine
It is used in the treatment of amenorrhoea.
It is used in the treatment of hepatomegaly and splenomegaly.

PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION

Anti-pyretic, Appetiser, Uterotonic, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-fertility, Anti- cancer, Anti-coagulant, Anti-tumour, Hepatoprotective, Cytotoxic, Appetiser

FORMULATIONS (Yog)

TAILA

Brihanmarichadya taila, Chitrakadi taila, Kasisadi taila, Kubja prasarini taila, Kustharakshas taila, Maha vishgarbha taila, Pippalyadi taila, Prabhanjana vimardana taila, Prasarini taila, Vajraka taila

GHRITA

Changeri ghrita, Dadimadi ghrita, Dashmoolsatpalaka ghrita, Eladi ghrita, Indukanta ghrita, Narasimha ghrita rasayana, Satpala ghrita

VATI / RASA

Agnitundi vati, Amarsundari vati, Amavatari rasa, Arogyavardhini gutika, Arshakuthar rasa, Brahmi vati, Brihat vidyadharabhra rasa, Chandraprabha vati, Chitrakadi gutika, Dantodbhed, gadantak rasa, Jalodarari rasa, Kalakuta rasa, Kankayan gutika, Mahamritunjai ras, Mahashankh vati, Nityanand rasa, Shothkalanal ras, Siva gutika, Vataraktantaka rasa, Vatari rasa, Yakrit sulavinasini vatika

CHURNA

Abhaya lavan, Agnimukh churna, Ajamodadi churna, Amalkyadi churna, Arkadi kvath churna, Brhanmanjisthadi kvath churna, Chitrakadi churna, Dashmoolpanchakoladi kvath churna, Jatiphaladya churna, Narasimha churna, Narayana churna, Navayas churna, Nyagrodhadi churna, Panchkol churna, Rasnadi kvath churna, Sudarshan churna,

ARISHTA / asava

Ashvagandharishta, Ayaskriti, Dashmularishta, Devadarvarishta, Kumaryasava (b), Lohasava, Madhukasava, Mridvikarishta, Mritasanjivani sura, Mustakarishta, Punarnavadyarishta, Rohitakarishta, Pippaladyasava, Srikhandasava,

LEHYA / RASAYANA

Ardrak khanda avaleha, Danti haritki, Erand paka, Kalyanaka guda, Kantkaryavaleha, Kutajavaleha, Sri bahusalo guda, Taramandur guda, Surana vataka

GUGGULU

Maha yogaraj guggulu, Punarnava guggulu, Saptavimsatika guggulu, Yogaraj guggulu 

lauha

Chandanadi lauha, Guduchi lauha, Navayas lauha, Pradarantak lauha, Punarnavadi mandoor, Rohitak lauha, Sarvajvarahar lauha, Satmulyadi lauha, Vidangadi lauha

KSARA

Kalyana ksara, Vajra kshara,

side effects

This herb is not used in pregnancy.
Heavy dose may cause heavy periods.
Excess use of this herb may cause gastritis, burning sensation and neuropathy.

Warning:The information here is only for the purpose of knowledge.

consult your Ayurveda Physician or consult at Shiv Shiva Ayurved.

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