Benefits Of Kalmegh(Green Chiretta)

Kalmegh is a branched annual herb. Kalamegha literally means ‘blackcloud’. Also known as bhunimba meaning ‘Neem of the earth’ referring to its bitter neem-like taste and effects. This small green annual shrub grows throughout India in the shade. Kalamegha is a very bitter herb known for its immune stimulating effect. It is commonly used to treat infections and fevers.

Benefits of Kalmegh: Hyperdipsia, chronic fever, malarial and intermittent fevers, burning sensation, wounds, ulcers, inflammations, cough, bronchitis, skin diseases, useful in leprosy, pruritis, intestinal worms, cough, oedema, thirst, skin diseases, fever, ulcer and worms

Action: Alterative, febrifuge, bitter tonic, cholagogue, hepatoprotective, immunostimulant, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic.

Scientific name: Andrographis paniculata.

Useful part: Whole plant.

Dosage: 1–6g per day dried.


Rasa (taste): Bitter

Vırya(energy): Cooling

Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent

Guna (quality): Light, dry, pene-trating

Dosa effect: PK−, V+

Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, blood

Srotas (channel): Digestive, respiratory,circulatory,urinary

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Kaalmegha, Bhuunimba, Bhuuminimbaka, Vishwambharaa,Yavtikta, Kalpanaatha, Kiraata-tikta.

English: Green chiretta.

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