Changeri – Oxalis Corniculata – Indian Sorrel – Full Ayurveda Details

Changeri is an Ayurvedic herb with sour taste. It is used in digestive disorders. Its botanical name is Oxalis corniculata, belongs to Oxalidaceae family. 

Vernacular Names

English name – Indian Sorrel
Hindi name – Teen Pattia (because of the three leaflet structure of the leaves)
Tamil name – Paliakiri

Medicinal properties, indications

Rasa – Amla (sour), Kashaya (Astringent)
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Rooksha (dryness)
Vipaka – taste conversion after digestion – amla (sour)
Veerya (Potency) – Ushna – Hot

As per mentioned in Bhojana Kutuhalam twelfth chapter, changeri is very hot in potency, pungent in taste, it is appetizing and imparts taste, stimulates digestive fire and treats kapha and vata related disorders, hemorrhoids, grahani and diarrhoea.

Ushnaveerya -Hot in potency
Grahini – absorbent.
Kapha maarute – Useful in kapha and Vata disorders
Grahani  – Useful in malabsorption syndrome, sprue
Arsha – Useful in hemorrhoids
Kinchit Kashaya – Slightly astringent
Agnideepani – Improves digestion power
Pittakrut – Increases Pitta
Saamavate Hita – Useful in rheumatoid arthritis
Kaphe hita – Useful in Kapha disorders.
Laghu (light to digest)
Atisara Hanti – useful in diarrhoea
Kushtanashani – useful in skin diseases.

Charaka Sutrasthana 27
Changeri( Rumev dentaus / Oxalis corniculata) is hot in potency
Ushna – hot
Grahi – absorbent
Useful in disorders of Kapha and Vata imbalance
Grahani – Malabsorption syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Arsha – Hemorrhoids

Usage in Grahani
Because of Changeri’s sour taste, it improves digestion strength.
Because of its Grahi nature, it acts as an absorbent and helps in improving formation of stools and it improves stool bulk.

Part used, chemical constituents

Part used – leaf, fruit, whole plant

Major chemical constituents – Malic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, itexin, isovitexin

Ayurvedic medicines

Important Ayurvedic medicines with Changeri –
Changeri Ghrita – for the treatment of bloating, malabsorption syndrome, diarrhea etc
Jivantyadi Ghrita – for the treatment of early stage of cataract.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Sanskrit Synonyms

Kshudra amlika, Lonika, Amlalonika, Lola, Chatushparni, Dantaratha

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