Botanical Name: Hollerina Anti-Dicyntrica Holarrhena Antidysenterica
Family (Apocynaceae) Apocynaceae
Parts used for medicinal purpose: bark known as kutaj and seeds known as indrive.
Plant Type: Medium-sized tree
Distribution: In mountainous areas
Local Name / Synonym
Sanskrit: Kalinga, Shakra, Vatsaka Kalinga, Shakhi, Vatsak
Bengali: Kurchi Kurchi
English: Ester tree, Conessi bark estertree, which bark
Gujrati: Kuda, Kadachhal, Kudo Garbage, bitch, garbage
Hindi: Kurchi, Kuraiya Kurchi, Quraiya
Punjabi: Kurasukk, Kura
Conesine and related alkaloids of kinesin and other alkaloid .
Rasa (taste on tongue): hard, sore
Pharmacological Action: Small, safe
Transformed state after digestion: bitter
-Deepana (promote appetite but do not aid in digesting undigested food)
-Urinary Mutrala (promote the secretion of urine)
-Grahi (inspissants are medicines which from their stomachic, digestive and heating qualities dry the fluids of the body).
-Stambhana or constipators have drying, astringent and cooling qualities. They are easy to digest and increase the air.
MEDICINAL USES OF KUTAJ:
1.Diarrhea, dysentery: Take 3 grams powder of kutz bark. It also causes constipation, so stop using it as soon as diarrhea stops.
2.Joint pain, arthritis: Boiling the bark in water and frying some salt in it is beneficial.
3.Diabetes: Soak the bark in water overnight and drink it in the morning.
4.Skin diseases, bleeding disorder, dermatitis, leucorrhoea: Put 2 spoons of chalk in water at night and soak it in the morning.
5.Piles, Dermatitis, Fistula: Take 2 grams of bark powder.
To make 20 grams bark decoction.
Kutjavaleha: 1-2 spoons with water twice a day in diarrhea.
Kutaj Churna: 3 grams with buttermilk twice a day, in diarrhea.
Kutjarishta: 12-24 ml, combined with an equal amount of water.
BENEFITS AND USES
By now you have known what is Kutaj and how many names it is known. Let us know what is the medicinal properties of this tree found in the forests of India, what is the method of consumption of kolar (holarrhena) and how can you use kutaj: –
1.Use of kutaj in toothache is beneficial (Benefits of Kutaj in Dental Pain)
In the pain of toothache, making a decoction of the bark of kutj is beneficial (indrajav ke fayde).
2. Kutaj Uses to Stop Diarrhea
Take equal quantity (2-5 grams) of bark of Nagarmotha, atis, paan, kurchi and lacquer powder. Consuming it with water prevents diarrhea.
Mixing 1 teaspoon honey in juice of 5-10 mg kutaj bark and taking it thrice a day is beneficial in diarrhea (indrajav ke fayde).
Take a decoction (50 ml) of Idrajo’s bark. Mix 6 grams of atis powder (kutaj churna) and drink it thrice a day. This helps in treating diarrhea due to phlegm, gout and pity disorder.
3. Kutaj decoction benefits in dysentery (Kutaj Benefits in Fighting with Dysentery in Hindi)
Boil 40 grams of Idraja bark in 400 mg of water. When the decoction remains one-fourth, filter it and mix the same amount of pomegranate juice. Concentrate it on fire and drink six grams of buttermilk mixed with buttermilk twice a day. This results in dysentery (indrajav ke fayde).
Boil kutaj seeds in 50 mg of water. After filtering it and mixing it with honey thrice a day, there are advantages or benefits of Indrajou in the diarrhea caused by gall bladder disorder.
4.Kutaj Uses in Hemophilia
Grind 15 grams of fresh bark of kutaj with buttermilk and take it, there is benefit in indigestion (indrajav ke fayde).
5.Use of kutaj in bloody piles is beneficial (Kutaj Cures Piles)
Grind 10 grams of kutaj bark. Mix 2 spoons honey or sugar candy in it and take, it provides relief in bloody piles.
Make a decoction of kutj bark. Drink it in the morning and evening mixing 15-20 milliliters of 5 grams cow’s ghee and 1 gram dry ginger. This prevents bleeding of hemorrhoids.Take the bark of kutaj root with phanit or the paste of kutaj root and bandal root with buttermilk. It is beneficial in piles.
Add honey to the bark of kutaj, Indrayava, Rasaut and Atavisha powder (1-3 grams). Drinking this with rice wash is beneficial in bloody piles.
6.Use kutaj to get rid of stones
Grind the root bark of 5 grams kurchi in curd. Taking it twice a day breaks the stones. It is easier to remove stones by using kutj (inderjo uses).
7.Use of kutaj helps in diabetes
Make powder by taking equal parts of Kutaj, Rohini, Baheda, Kaith, Shal, Chhativan and Kabila flowers. Taking two spoons of honey mixed with 2 to 5 grams of this powder is beneficial in diabetes caused by phlegm and bile (indrajau for diabetes).
8.Kutaj Seed Helps in Fighting with Erectile dysfunction
Soak 6 grams of Idrajou (Kutj seed) in buffalo milk for four hours (about 12 hours). Grind it and wrap it on the senses and tie it. After some time, wash it with lukewarm water. By doing this regularly for a few days, the weakness of the penis ends and tension in the penis comes.
9.Use of kutj bark to get rid of leprosy
Grind 10 grams of kutj bark in water. Taking it thrice a day is beneficial in leprosy.
10.Use kutj bark to dry wounds (Kutaj Bark Helps in Healing Wound)
Make a decoction of the bark of kurchi and wash the wound, it heals the wound.
Make a paste of kutaz seeds. Applying it is beneficial for wounds, leprosy and other infectious diseases.
11.Kutaj Bark Helps in Treating Blister
Grind the bark of kutaj in rice water and apply it. It provides benefits in blisters and pimples. Use of its fresh bark (inderjo uses in hindi) is more beneficial.
12.Kutaj Cures Skin Diseases
Add a paste of 20-30 ml kurti bark to the decoction (kakodumbar), vidung, neem bark, nagarmotha, dry gourd, marich and pippali. Drinking this is beneficial in all types of skin diseases.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.