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Therapeutic Uses of Chitrak: 

The therapeutic uses of Chitrak are as follows:

  • In Ayurveda, the roots are used to treat migraine, jaundice, skin diseases, urinary calculi, seminal weakness, and internal abscesses. It is also used as a detoxicant, febrifuge, antiseptic, and antihelminthic.5,6
  • The root is used extensively in India and China to treat contusion of extremities, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and dysmenorrhea.1
  • The roots contain an alkaloid called plumbagin. It is responsible for various therapeutic properties like antioxidant, antimalarial, antibiotic, antifertility, anticancer, and cardiotonic.1

Benefits of Chitrak: 

Benefits of Chitrak in Kidney Disorders:

  • The extract of Chitrak can produce a reversal of kidney damage due to cisplatin.
  • Chitrak extract showed protective activity against the nephrotoxic effects of the drug cisplatin.5

Also Read: 8 Home Remedies for Kidney Stones


In Ayurveda, Chitrak plant is commonly used medicinal herb for treating digestive weakness, piles, constipation, cough, muscular pains, rheumatism etc. Know some quick and simple remedies of Chitrak.

Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) is a medicinal herb belonging to the family Plumbaginaceae. Due to its medicinal properties, it is grown in most parts of India, majorly in West Bengal and the southern regions. It is also distributed worldwide in tropical and subtropical countries.1

The root is the plant part that contains many of its bioactive components responsible for most of its therapeutic properties. Plumbagin, a naphthoquinone, is a major component present in the root, which is responsible for its therapeutic activity.2

Other names of Chitrak include Agni/Vahni in Sanskrit, Chira/Chitra in Hindi, and Lead war in English.3 Plumbago zeylanica contains a variety of phytochemicals present in different parts. These phytochemicals are flavanoids, alkaloids, glycosides, steroids, triterpenoids, tannins, coumarins, phenolic compounds, saponins, naphthoquinones, carbohydrates, fixed oil and fats and proteins.


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Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 cm


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