Karkatshringi is an ancient Ayurvedic herb. Its gall is used extensively in digestive and respiratory conditions. Its botanical name is Pistacia chinensis. It belongs to Anacardaceae family. It is also called as Pistacia integerrima.
Common names, Sanskrit synonyms
Hindi name – Kakadasingi
Malayalam – Kakadashingi
Synonyms in Sanskrit: Kulira vishanika, Ajashrungi – its galls resemble to the goat horn
Kasahara – group of herbs that are used to treat cough
Hikka nigrahana – group of herbs that are used to relieve hiccup
Madhura skanda – group of herbs that are sweet in taste.
Sushruta – Kakolyadi and Padmakadi Gana
It is found in north-western parts of Himalayas. It is also cultivated in Punjab.
Rasa – taste: Kashaya (Astringent), Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities) – Laghu – light to digest, Ruksha – dry
Veerya – Hot potency
Kaphavatahara – balances Kapha and Vata
Kshayahara – useful in chronic respiratory disorders
Jwarahara – useful in fever
It is used in those diseases where in Vata in the chest region is misdirected upwards, like
Shwasa – asthma, bronchitis
Kasa – cough
Hikka – hiccups
Vamana – vomiting
It is also useful in Aruchi – anorexia, and Trit – excessive thirst.
It is also used in the treatment of atisara – diarrhoea and Asrapitta – bleeding disorders.
Part used, Dosage
Part used – galls.
Dose – powder – 1 3 grams
Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
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.
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.