Benefits of Chitrak

Chitrak is a perennial that thrives in the east and south of India and all over Sri Lanka. Chitrak means the ‘spotted one’. It is a highly beneficial herb for all diseases caused by low digestive fire.

Benefits of Chitrak: Colitis, indigestion, sprue, worms, skin diseases, piles, diarrhea, gas, arthritis, joint pain, ulcers, influenza, black-water fever.

Action: Stimulant, digestion, antiseptic, anti-parasitical.

Scientific name: Plumbago zeylanica.

Useful part: Root, root bark, seeds.

Dosage: 250 mg–3 g per day or 0.5–6 ml per day.


Rasa (taste): Pungent, bitter

Vırya(energy): Very hot

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent

Guna (quality): Dry, light, penetrating

Dosa effect: VK−, P and agni+

Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, blood,bone, reproductive

Srotas (channel): Digestive, nerve, reproductive

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Chitraka, Agni, Vahni, Jvalanaakhya, Krshaanu, Hutaasha, Dahana, Sikhi.

English: Ceylon Leadwort, Leadwort.

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