May 29, 2016

Chirata

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What other names is Chirata known by?

Bitter Stick, Bitterstick, Chirayta, Chiretta, Chirette, Chirette des Indes, East Indian Balmony, Genciana de la India, Gentiana chirata, Gentiana chirayita, Indian Bolonong, Indian Gentian, Kairata, Kirata, Swertia chirata, Swertia chirayita, Yin Du Zhang Ya Cai.

What is Chirata?

Chirata is an herb. People use the parts that grow above the ground to make medicine.

Chirata is used for fever, constipation, upset stomach, loss of appetite, intestinal worms, skin diseases, and cancer. Some people use it as "a bitter tonic."

In India, it has been used for malaria, when combined with the seeds of divi-divi (Guilandina bonducella).

In manufacturing, chirata is used in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Fever.
  • Malaria.
  • Constipation.
  • Worm infestations.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Skin diseases.
  • Cancer.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chirata for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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