Kutki (Katuki): Ayurvedic Herb for Detox, and 7 More Benefits

Kutki (Katuki): Ayurvedic Herb for Detox, and 7 More Benefits

Kutki (Scientific Name: Picrorhiza kurroa) or Katuki is an Ayurvedic herb grown in the Nepalese Himalayas. It is a traditional Ayurvedic herb and rare but can offer respite from many problems residing in our body. As the herb grows in a very cold environment, it coincidentally has characteristic cooling properties. The name ‘Katuki’ is derived from the word “Katu”, which means pungent. Also, it is very bitter in taste.

Kutki, the Ayurvedic herb.

Kutki is Ayurveda’s main liver tonic, and it potentially can detoxify your body and raises immunity.

Because of its pungent and bitter taste, Katuki is also called “Katumbhara”.

The origin and conservation

Kutki is a perennial Ayurvedic herb (rhizome) that grows in the Himalayan regions (Kashmir to Sikkim, and also in Nepal), and it usually grows in the wild. In 1997 (also my birth year), Kutki was listed in the Convention on Internation Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Yes, this Ayurvedic herb was endangered in the 90s.

But the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List did not have a listing for Kutki as of 2014.

Also, the fact of the matter is that the Dunagiri Foundation Trust has created, implemented and successfully initiated protocols to generate export-quality “Dunagiri Certified” Katuki (it’s ethical and organic) in 2014.

Katuki is extremely cooling, pungent and bitter. These properties altogether help to detoxify your body and boost immunity.

The right herbal supplement for you

But before that…

Let’s get to know the points you definitely need to ensure before buying the right supplement:

1. Check the ingredients

It is important to check the components or ingredients that are used in creating the supplement you’re buying. Do an analysis and find out whether the herbs used are really effective for your problem.

2. Quality of the ingredients

As you now know the ingredients, also ensure that they are of high quality. Consult your Ayurveda doctor about the purity of the particular herb used in the product.

3. Choose a legitimate brand

With time, there’s been an increase in companies that create herbal supplements. However, not everyone has effective and authentic products. Always keep a keen eye on the brand’s whereabouts and reputation.

Loire Wellness use 100% pure and natural Ayurvedic herbs that are:

  • Backed by Science for their effectiveness
  • Have proven efficacies
  • Have almost no side-effects.

Must read: Why choose Herbal Supplements?

Coming straight to the point, if you want to experience all the health benefits of the Ayurvedic herb Kutki that you’re going to read about, you can check out “Total Detox”, a natural herbal supplement from Loire Wellness that detoxes the body and keeps the liver healthy.

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So, without further ado, let’s move on to the benefits of the Ayurvedic herb.

Benefits of Kutki

1. Supports the Liver (and Detox)

Anatomy of the liver.

Kutki effectively helps shields the liver from toxins, and any other external stimuli. Besides, it detoxifies the liver, and decongests bile and liver ducts, thereby ensuring smooth bile flow. The Ayurvedic herb is hepato-protective in nature, and it protects the liver from drug-induced injuries. It neutralises bilirubin levels, hence improving recovery rates from jaundice.

As you can see, Kutki helps the liver in so many ways. It is also known as the premier liver tonic in Ayurveda.

And maintaining a healthy liver is necessary to detoxify your body on a regular basis.


2. Enhances digestion

The Ayurvedic herb stimulates gastric function and secretes juices that boost metabolism and the production of digestive fibre. This will metabolise the unregulated fat in the body.

Moreover, Katuki minimises other digestive problems like bowel movements, excessive gas formation, and constipation.

Regular intake of Katuki, along with the right diet and exercise can help manage weight on a wholesome level.

Click here to find out how our body’s own detox system enhances the liver and digestive system functions.

3. Oral disorders

Kutki/Katuki eliminates mouth ulcers and improves the taste of the mouth. It also treats dehydration and dry mouth. It is advised to gargle your mouth with the liquid extract of Kutki to enjoy these benefits.

In Indian mythology, Kutki is known to be administered by Dhanwantary, the God of medicine himself. So it’s also called Dhanwantarygrastya.

4. Enhances the immune system

The Ayurvedic herb can easily boost one’s immunity.

As in turmeric, Katuki is also enriched with several antioxidant properties that help the body act fast on wounds and infections.

Kutki extracts can potentially increase lymphocytes and white blood cells, the vital elements of the immune system. Also, it increases cell signals in the body that are involved in maintaining the immune defences of the body.

5. Fights skin ailments

Besides being a liver tonic, Katuki is widely considered for the treatment of severe skin problems such as psoriasis and vitiligo.

The antioxidants in the herb assist in the cleansing of the blood and colon and remove excess pitta and heat from the body. Hence it clears out plaques and scales, helping psoriasis patients to recover quickly.

Still, more research is needed to verify its effectiveness against these problems.

6. Soothes Arthritic Pain

Research done with Kutki suggests that it prevents the inflammation caused by arthritis, making it a potential therapeutic herb for the ailment.

Clinical trials on patients with osteoarthritis and spinal arthritic pain have shown positive results.

Read more on Arthritis here: What does Ayurveda say about Arthritis?

7. The Ayurvedic Herb can fight fever

Like Katuki helps to detoxify your body, it can also be taken for common seasonal ailments like that of fever.

It has antipyretic properties that can cool the body down, bringing down even a high fever.

The root of the Kutki plant or its decoction with ghee is recommended for optimum results.

8. Anti-inflammatory in nature

Last but not the least, the constituents of Kutki, namely Kutkin, Picroside and Kutkoside have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory tendencies, specifically within the musculoskeletal system (that provides form, support, stability, and movement to the body).

A little bit of inflammation is fine as it helps with recovery from injury, but over-inflammation can cause problems in the body.


Despite being a forgotten gem from the world of Ayurveda, Katuki can serve humanity in so many ways as stated above. I think it is high time that we start using these rare herbs and start popularising them to soothe the daily lifestyle problems.

I’ll be definitely writing more on some more subjects.

Till then, I’ll see you later!

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