Chiretta Information

Chirata, Chirayata, Swertia, Indian Gentian, Indian Balmony

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Most Common Name: Chiretta
Botanical Name: Swertia Chirata
Also Known As (other names): Chirata, Chirayata, Swertia, Indian Gentian, Indian Balmony

 This annual plant grows to about three feet high and is a native of India and Nepal where it grows on the foothills of the Himalayas. It is harvested after flowering and the whole plant is used.

This plant is very bitter and any extract will be very bitter to take, tinctures possibly the easiest to administer.

The blood sugar reduction effects of this plant is claimed to be self moderating (i.e. once blood sugar levels stabilise at an acceptable level the effect of this herb reduces accordingly). Some laboratory tests have gone a long way towards confirming these claims but is st6ill regarded as not fully conclusive.

Chiretta also stimulates the generation of saliva and gastric fluids in the body.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

 Liver complaintsConstipationDyspepsia
DiabetesNauseaRecuperative tonic


Administered as:

 A very bitter teaA TinctureDried plant
InfusionFluid extract 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):

 Ophelic AcidChiratin  


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