Planet Ayurveda Experts are Available for Your Help From Monday To Saturday. Click here to Book Your Slot Now for Online Video Consultations !!
Planet Ayurveda's New Official Facebook Account is Now Active. CLICK HERE To Follow Us on Facebook.



To keep our Liver healthy and working, Ayurvedic texts have mentioned the use of supernatural Kutki, the best Pitta removing herb. A man doesn't die of love but dies of liver". Liver as we known is one of the most important organs of our body; we can survive only for one or two days if it shuts down. Liver is known to be an only organ that can regenerate itself. Here in this Article, We are explaining about Kutki that how it plays an important role in the treatment of various liver problems.

  • Latin Name : Picrorhiza kurroa
  • Family : Plantaginaceae
  • Order : Lamiales
  • Genus : Picrorhiza

Other Names of Kutki Herb

  • Sanskrit Name : Matsyashakla, Katvi
  • Hindi Name : Kutki
  • English Name : Hellebore


It is a perennial herb.

  • Leaves: 5 to 15 cm long almost all at the base, often withered, leaves are oval in shape coarsely toothed, and narrowed to a winged stalk.
  • Flowers: Small, pale or purplish blue in colour. Flowers are about 8 mm, 5 lobed in the middle and with much longer stamens.
  • Fruits: 1.3 cm long
  • Rhizomes: 15 to 25 cm long

Kutki has this peculiar "Fishy Smell".


It is found in Himalayan region from Kashmir to Sikkim. The herb is even found in Nepal.

Part Used

Part which is generally used is the Moola (Root).

Ayurvedic Properties

  • Rasa (Taste): Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Qualities): Ruksha (Dry), Laghu (Light to digest)
  • Virya (Action): Sheeta (Cold potency)
  • Vipaka (Post Digestive Effect): Katu (Pungent)
  • Dosha: Balances  Kapha and Pitta dosha

Chemical Properties

  • Kitin
  • Picrorrhizin
  • Cucurbitacin
  • Benetic Acid
  • Vanniliac Acid
  • Kutki Sterol
  • Apocynin
  • D-Mannitol

Main use of Katuki is Reffered in Liver Diseases

Liver is the largest gland of our body which carries about 500 functions of our human system, out of which few are as follows:

  • Liver stores vitamins, sugars, and iron to give energy to our body.
  • This organ clears waste products, drugs and other poisonous substances out from our body.
  • It produces immune factors and removes bacteria from our blood stream.
  • Liver helps in metabolizing the waste products out of the body.

But due to our sedentary lifestyle and dietary habits our Liver gets effected by several diseases like cirrhosis of liver, jaundice, Hepatitis B, and gall bladder stones etc.

Classical Reference

Classical Reference of Kutki (Picrorhiza kurrooa)

Causes of Liver Diseases

The most common cause of liver diseases is as follows:

  • Alcohol - When we drink alcohol, the liver gets engaged in converting alcohol to a less toxic form, and other functions get less priority.
  • Obesity - People who are obese have excess amount of fat, which accumulates around the Liver.
  • Diabetes - Diabetic patient have insulin resistance due to which they have high level of insulin in their blood, which leads to weight gain and because of it liver stores fat internally.
  • High salt intake
  • Smoking
  • Over use of Medication
  • Improper Nutrition
  • Infection and Illness

Mainly Kutki is known for its Hepatoprotective properties, even in small doses it helps to deal with various conditions like loss of appetite, jaundice, and bile disorders etc.

Researchers have proved that extract of Kutki is more effective than any other medicine used for Liver. As Kutki helps to clear away the excessive fat deposits in liver, it helps in regulating and maintain the normal functions of the liver. Kutki have even proven to reverse the hepatotoxic effect of drugs like Paracetamol.

This is best known herb for the treatment of liver cirrhosis. A teaspoon powder of Kutki is mixed with an equal amount of honey is administered thrice daily, as it helps to produce more bile. It is even known for curing Acute Viral Hepatitis.

Other Indications

  • Kutki contains Apocynin which have been proven to give anti-inflammatory actions, and thus helps to reduce platelet aggregation.
  • It is also useful in treating bronchial asthma, as it inhibits release of PAF.
  • This herb contains cucurbitacins which have Anti-tumor activity.
  • It even helps to reduce blood cholesterol.
  • Moola or the root of Kutki have shown to improve the immunity of the body, as well as known to have a specific action against the parasite Leshmania, which causes disease called Leshmanians.
  • The plant is also used in treating problems like abdominal pain, stomach disorders, anemia and bile secretions.
  • It is a known immune – modulator and helps in treating fever.
  • Katuki is even used in skin allergies and infections.
  • The herb is also used in Epilepsy.

To buy Kutki Powder, please visit

Our Similar Products

To keep your liver healthy, zeal full and efficient, Planet Ayurveda brings to you fabulous formulations - Arogyavardhini Vati and Yakritplihantak Churna that contains Katuki in it.

1. Arogayavardhini Vati

Arogayavardhini Vati has been mentioned in all the Ayurvedic clinical texts as the best medicine for the all the liver diseases. Arogayavardhini Vati made by Planet Ayurveda is a complete natural formulation processed in Neem, and is best for various liver diseases, fatty liver, skin diseases and helps in maintaining the heat imbalance of our body. Along with Kutki, our product also contains.

Other useful herbs like Haritaki, Vibhitaki, Amalaki, Shilajit, Guggulu and Chitrak Moola. Aarogyavardhini Vati enhances the immunity and acts as a very good appetizer. It clears the accumulation of bile which is the main cause for jaundice and also acts as a very good colon cleanser.

Pack Size: Per Bottles of Arogyavardhini Vati contains 120 tablets.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily, with plain water after meals.

Side Effects: No Side effects, can be used with other herbal supplements, vitamins or other herbal remedies or natural products.

2. Yakrit Plihantak Churna

Yakrit Plihantak Churna of Planet Ayurveda is a blend of many effective herbs known very well for their actions and properties. This amazing herbal formulation contains Bhumiamalaki, Katuki, Makoy, Punarnava, Kalmegh, Kasani, Sharpunkh and Bhringraj. All these herbs help in correcting SGOT, SGPT levels and reduces excess fat from the liver therefore improves its functions. People, who are in initial stage of various liver problems, get 100% result by using only Yakrit Plihantak Churna. It contains pure natural herbs that protect liver. This is also proven very effective in liver cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, jaundice, and fatty liver etc. All these herbs help in correcting SGOT, SGPT levels and reduces excess fat from the liver therefore improves its functions.

Pack Size: Per Jar of Yakrit Plihantak Churna contains 200 gm pure herbal powder.

Dosage: 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful twice daily, with plain water after meals.

Side Effects: No Side effects, can be used with other herbal supplements, vitamins or other herbal remedies or natural products.

Some Instructions in Liver Diseases and While Taking Herbal Remedies

  1. Diet - Avoid fried foods, baked food items, dairy and animal food products and follow a healthy and nutritious diet that will help in bringing this condition under better control.
  2. Alcohol - Excess alcohol consumption is linked to various liver diseases, including fatty liver. Restricting alcohol intake or even total alcohol abstinence will aid in better management of this liver condition.
  3. Exercise - Beginning with a low-impact exercise regimen and gradually increasing the pace of the exercise routine will help greatly in improving the health status of an individual as well as reversing fatty liver.

Advantages of Our Product

We are responsible for our health and well-being so with balanced and proper diet, life style and adopting natural line of treatment we can get rid of our various problems. As we believe that your health is our responsibility, we give our best to reach products to the people. Our products are natural, with high quality, and highly potent. They are available at a reasonable cost and very convenient to use too. There are no Side Effects at all when taken with prescribed dose.

Knowledge Base

Diseases A-Z

View All

Herbs A-Z

View all

Home Remedies

View all

Diet Chart

View all
Ask Your Query
close slider

    Leave a Message

    error: Content is protected !!