Katuki is a famous bitter herb of Ayurveda. In fact, Katuki in Sanskrit literally means “Bitter”. It is known as “Picrorhiza Kurroa” scientifically. Basically the word “Picrorhiza” is derived from Greek words “Picro” meaning “bitter” and “Rhiza” meaning “roots”. So it is a herb with bitter root.
It has a root which is a treasure of several medicinal properties. It is a drug with a Sheeta veerya i.e, the drug with a coolant property. Hence it is very useful in removing excessive heat from the body. It has a property to balance Pitta and Kapha which are capable of causing digestion problems like Acidity etc. Thus it helps in improving the metabolism. Because of this it is very effective in management of Obesity, Gouty Arthritis, and Diabetes etc. It has a great role in maintaining the health of liver.