Kutaja Bark Powder


Botanical Name Holarrhena antidysenterica

Common Name:

  • English: Ester tree, Conessi bark, Tellicherry Bark, Ivory Tree and Katuja
  • Ayurvedic: Kutaja, Girimallikaa, Kaalinga, Kalingaka, Indravriksha, Shakra, Vatsa, Vatsaka, Shakraahvya. Indrayava, Indrabija, Vatsabija (seed). Kurchi (bark)
  • Unani: Inderjo talkh, Teewaaj-e-Khataai
  • Also, known as:  Kali´ga, áakra, Vatsaka, Dudhkuri, Kurchi, Kuda, Kadachhal, Kudo, Kurchi, Kuraiya, Kodasige, Halagattigida, Halagatti, Kogad, Kutakappala, Pandhra Kuda, Kurei, Keruan, Kurasukk, Kura, Kudasapalai, Kodisapala, Palakodisa, Kurchi, Kudasappaalai-pattai, vidai, Indrajav, Indrajhav

Habitat: Through India

Origin: India

Harvested: Wild

Parts Used:  Bark                                                                

General Information:

Holarrhena antidysenterica is a small to medium size tree which can be found in the tropical Himalayas, going up to an altitude of 1000 to 1300 meters. It is also found throughout many forests across India, in Travancore, Assam and Uttar Pradesh. The tree is mainly cultivated for drug purpose during the middle of rainy season which is mainly July to September in India. The tree must be 8 to 5 years old to use for medicinal purpose according to Pharmacopoeia of India.


How to use:

Powdered Herb:

There are different ways to use powdered herb.

Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".

Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.

Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.

Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot. 


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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