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.
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Common names, Sanskrit synonyms
Hindi name – Kakadasingi
Malayalam – Kakadashingi
Synonyms in Sanskrit:
Kulira vishanika – gall resembling shape of crab horn
Ajashrungi – its galls resemble to the goat horn
Shringi – It cure many diseases like kasa, swasa, balaroga
Vishanika – Gall resembles a horn
Vakra – The gall are curved
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.
Grows in Himalayan slopes, hills of Punjab, and Uttar pradesh
Tree, glabrous in nature
Leaves – Imparipinnate, leaflets are opposite, 4 -5 pairs of leaflets are present in one leaf. entire margin, reticulate veins
Inflorescence – Panicle
Flowers – Sepals are shorter than stamens. Female flowers have 4 linear sepals
Fruit – Drupe, glabrous, grey when ripe
Useful part -Gall – Curved or Horn shaped, hollow, up o 15 cm long. Outer surface is rough, pinkish purple or dark brown in colour, having fimbriated appearance. Inner surface is reddish brown in colour, bearing deposits of dust like particles, which represent dried insects and excrementitious matter.
Rasa – taste: Kashaya (Astringent), Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities) – Laghu – light to digest, Ruksha – dry
Veerya – Hot potency
Vipaka – katu
Pharmacological action – Astringent, tonic, Expectorant, Stimulant
Action – Swasahara, Kasahara, Rochaka, Chardhighna, Atisarajit
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.
Important medicines with Karkatshrungi as ingredient: