Swertia chirata

Swertia chirata

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Botanical Name: Swertia chirata

Synonyms: Eyrythalia floribunda G.Don, Ericoila chirayta Bercht. & J.Presl 

Common Name: Clearing Nut Tree, Bitter Stick, Chirette Indian, Dowa I Pechish, Indian Gentian


Swertia Chirata is known as Chirayata in India. This annual herb is found all across India and grows up to the height of 1.5 meters. It is known to have leaves in opposite pairs which are about 10 cms in length with no stalks.The plant has flowers that are pale green in color with a ting of purple. The plant has long pink or white colored haired and sharp pointed fruits. The entire plant is used in medicines for over centuries.The tonic made from this plant is used to relieve general weakness and also during convalescence.