Herbs Profile

Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica)



Kutaja is very important Ayurvedic herbs. The skin of the bark of kutaj tree is effective remedy for piles, fistula, diarrhoea, parasitic infection etc. The seeds of kutaja are called as Indra’d seeds – Indrayava .Common name Kutaja (Hindi), Sanskrit Kutaja Latin name Holarrhena antidysenterica–Cortex, Semen (Apocynaceae family)


  • Rasa (taste) Astringent, pungent, bitter
  • Vırya (energy) Cold
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Pungent
  • Guna (quality) Light, dry
  • Dosa effect KP−, V+
  • Dhatu (tissue) Plasma, blood
  • Srotas (channel) Digestive, lactation, excretory, reproductive


Alkaloids O-free alkaloids (conessine, conimine), conkurchine group alkaloids (including conessidine) and O-containing alkaloids (holarrhenine, holafrine, holarrhetine) present in bark whereas leaves contain O-containing alkaloids (kurchiphyllamine and kurchiphylline).


Astringent, carminative, amoebicidal, vulnerary, alterative, antibacterial, vermifuge



Kutaja is the best cure of amoebic and bacillary dysentery. It is effective against all type of diarrhoea caused by Entamoeba histolytica, shigella spp. It is also useful for colitis or crohn’s disease.


Kutaja has good remedy for haemorrhoids with bleeding and protusion. The cause of piles low digestive fire, congested liver, congested vein are corrected by kutaja.


Kutaja is effective for balancing pitta and raktavaha disease. It is best for kapha pitta type of skin like itching, scaling, inflammations etc.


Kutaja is astringent in taste so it helps to stop bleeding either internal and external including digestive, urinary tract.


* Pomegranate and bibhitaki for diarrhoea and dysentery.

* Fennel, cumin, hingu for bloating and flatulence.

* Ginger, pippali, kutki for piles.

* Sariva, bakuchi, punarnava and manjishtha for suppurating skin problems.


Kutaja is stronger remedy so it is recommended to  use for only a short period at a time, up to a month  maximum.

Contraindicated in aggravated vata or constipation.


1–12 gm per day powder or 3–12 ml per day

Classical Ayurvedic Preparation

  • Kutajarista
  • Kutajavaleha
  • Kutajaparpati
  • Kutajastaka kvatha
  • Kutajaghana vati etc.

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda


  • Respected dr bhandhari- kindly add some common formulations(classical yogs) alongwith their doses in this article ,

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