Unani Name

Chiraitah/ Qasab-al-Zareerah

Common Name

Chirayata, Chirata, Indian Gentian, Chirata, Chiretta

Temperament of the Drug

(Hot 2° and Dry 2°)

Scientific Name/ Botanical Name

Swertia chirayita (Roxb. ex Flem.) Karst. Swertia chirata Buch.

Parts used

Whole Plant or Dried aerial part of the herb

Actions/ Therapeutic Uses

Abortifacient, Anthelmintic, Anti-asthmatic, Anti-diarrhoeal, Anti-flatulent, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-leprotic, Anti-leucodermal, Anti-malarial, Anti-pruritic, Anti-pyretic, Anti-septic, Anti-syphilitic, Antitussive, Aphrodisiac, Appetizer, Astringent, Blood Purifier, Carminative, Cholagogue, Deobstruent, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, General Tonic, Hepatic Tonic, Hypnotic, Laxative, Resolvent and Stomachic. Used for the treatment of fever specially malaria and various skin diseases. It is also effective in dyspepsia, diarrhoea hysteria and convulsions. The root of the plant is useful in checking hiccups and vomiting. It is very much used in urinary complaints like uneasiness in the region of the kidneys, frequent urging to urinate which is accomplished with difficulty and in cases of uric acid deposits.

Important Formulations

Arq-e- Murakkab Musaffi-e- Khun, Jawaarish Jalinus, Jawaarish Zar'unui Ambari Ba Nuskha-e- Kalan, Ma'joon Juzaam, Roghan-e- Kalan, Roghan-e- Suranjan, Sharbat-e- Bazoori Mo’atadil.


Whole herb 5- 7 gms. Extract 2-4 ml.


  • PUBLISHED DATE : Dec 08, 2015
  • PUBLISHED BY : Zahid
  • CREATED / VALIDATED BY : Dr. Mahtab Alam Khan
  • LAST UPDATED ON : Feb 09, 2016


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