Kalmegh is a plant which is also known as “Green Chiretta” and the “King of Bitters”. It is used for various medicinal purposes and is bitter in taste.
It is mainly used for liver problems as it protects the liver against damage caused by free radicals due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Kalmegh also helps to boost immunity and is used to manage the symptoms of the common cold, sinusitis and allergies due to its antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties. Kalmegh might be good for diabetics as it is effective in lowering blood sugar levels by increasing insulin secretion. It also helps in managing blood pressure by widening the blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
According to Ayurveda, taking Kalmegh churna regularly helps to manage arthritis by reducing the Ama and also stimulates appetite by improving the digestive fire.
Kalmegh powder along with coconut oil can be applied on the skin to manage eczema, boils and skin infections due to its antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Kalmegh is bitter in taste so it is advisable to take it with some sweetener or in diluted form.
What are the synonyms of Kalmegh?
Andrographis paniculata, Andrographis, Kalmegha, Kalamage.