Kalmegh (Green Chiretta): 5 Benefits of the Ayurvedic Plant

Kalmegh (Green Chiretta): 5 Benefits of the Ayurvedic Plant

Kalmegh (English name: Green Chiretta) is an Ayurvedic herb, used for medicinal purposes.

Primarily, Kalmegh is used to treat liver problems since it carries antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Other uses include alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, common cold and sinusitis.

History of Kalmegh

Kalmegh is said to have been first used among the Kiratas, a small tribe who lived in the Himalayan forests. The earliest Ayurvedic sages appropriately named the plant Kirata Tikta, meaning the “bitter herb of the Kirata people”. Since then, this herb has received numerous names such as Bhunimba (bhu for the earth, nimba for neem) in Sanskrit, that means “neem of the earth”, and Kalmegh is popularly known as the “king of the bitters”.

Yes, the Ayurvedic herb is extremely bitter in taste.

This bitterness might be unpleasant to the taste buds, but Kalmegh definitely offers us innumerable health benefits. In general, this plant grows locally in the plains and hilly areas of northern India.

On average, 2,200 to 5,500 tonnes of the plant is traded in India.

Kalmegh leaf

Benefits of Kalmegh

1. Liver problems

The liver is responsible for detoxifying blood and chemicals that are ingested by us. More importantly, it produces gall or bile liquid.

This herb has Pitta and Kapha balancing nature, and this exhibits hepatoprotection.

It balances elevated and stagnant pitta in the blood and liver, respectively, thereby improving appetite.

2. Immunity

The herb has antioxidant tendencies that help boost one’s immunity.

Especially, during these times.

Though it is less known than immunity-enhancing plants like Osha root and elderberry, it is no stranger in eastern lands for its various healing effects.

3. Respiratory ailments

Kalmegh reduces Pitta and Kapha in the head and chest. As a result, this clears up most of the phlegm from the respiratory tract.

Moreover, its use can lead to a healthier respiratory tract and throat with its dry and penetrating qualities.

In West Asian countries (esp. India, Malaysia and China), this herb is widely used to treat respiratory diseases such as flu, sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections.

4. Skin disorders

The Ayurvedic herb gets rid of toxins from the blood and hence reduce skin disorders like acne.

In traditional Ayurveda, the dry extract of Kalmegh is used to treat boils, leprosy and gonorrhoea.

5. Rheumatoid Arthritis

The main component of Kalmegh, that is, Andrographolide (also responsible for its characteristic bitter taste), helps reduce the inflammation and pain in joints.

Let’s understand together how rheumatoid arthritis happens in the first place. So it is mainly caused by a weak digestive system. And this results in the deposition of toxic remains (also called Ama in Ayurveda) in the body. Instead of it getting absorbed or thrown out of the body, these toxic substances get accumulated in the joints, giving fruition to rheumatoid arthritis.

Kalmegh is generally used in the form of:

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Kalmegh (also known as Andrographis paniculata) is an extremely bitter tasting herb renowned for supporting the immune system and detoxifying the body. It is dry, penetrating and cooling (therapeutic) in nature.

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I hope you had a great time here, discovering the benefits and variants of Kalmegh, the forbidden yet a very crucial herb from the world of Ayurveda.

A last note, be aware, stay safe and strong!

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